The Good Old Days: Pre Ashton and Oprah on Twitter

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Anyone out there remember the good old days? You know, before Ashton and Oprah invaded Twitter. The days before your grandparents and other non-tech types asked what this was all about? Remember when it was ours?

Let’s shift for a second. Remember that band you were totally into before everyone and their cat got into them? Remember the TV show? The whatever?

It is the same thing. Only, this Twitter explosion, we asked for it.

We wanted to actually believe it mattered. We had the Pistachios and other nuts telling us just how powerful it was as a tool. Thing is, it really was all choir, as in preaching to, all along. (As more than a few people pointed out)

Now we have people lamenting the loss of cool. We have people decrying the loss of indie in the Twitterverse. Screw you winers.

Twitter was, before A&O, (Ashton and Oprah), just an exercise in quick, go nowhere, social media masturbation. It was a trivial stream and silly conversation for the chamber, the echo chamber, with an occasional cool story or news piece.

Now that it is finally open, and the people everyone wanted so badly to reach out and touch with their message have arrived, we get the whining.

Twitter before A&O=closed system where everyone was as important as their trumped up profile titles. Of course it seemed powerful, everyone was on the same masturbatory page.

Twitter after A&O=an actual system of new people to reach, but no one actually having a clue how as it does not really work. It is 140 characters at the speed of light. Even in our age of short attention spans, that ain’t much.

Enjoy Twitter for what it was. Enjoy Twitter for what it is now. But in the name of all that is good, stop freakin whining.



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  1. I still don’t understand the hubbub, honestly. So Twitter hits the “mainstream” and is used by celebrities. What’s the big deal? My Twitter experience doesn’t change at all with this, because Twitter is and remains 100% opt-in. I’m not forced to follow the celebrities, or anyone else for that matter. That’s not to say I haven’t picked up quality new followers, because I have. But I still maintain control of my stream, and with that, Twitter is still valuable to me for conversation, for a laugh, and occasionally for a few eyeballs on my photography.

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