LIKE MANY PEOPLE in the Irish Twitterverse, I endure a lot of missing uptime with Twitter. It's a microblogging system that few of my work colleagues know about or would ever use. That means Twitter is not something valued by my work community. In a nutshell, that is the most telling feature of Twitter. Since most of my immediate work circle would have neither the time for Twitter nor the patience for its irritating downtime. I know I will sideline its use before too long. Because I cannot follow a conversation easily on Twitter, I often look rude to people asking questions. Because Twitter cannot scale easily beyond 2m users, its system architecture has to cut off interesting functions like instant messaging, RSS newsfeeds, and history archives. Lately, I'm seeing a lot of the big whale on screen (that's because of a scalability service issue, not because of a scobalable restriction), advising me that's Twitter's a little stressed. So I head back into my email backlog where I'm sure to find someone from two decades ago who discovered me by finding this weblog. They wouldn't have a hope in locating me if all I had to my name was a Twitter archive (if an archive actually existed).
I like Twitter for the way it promotes banality. Watch Twittervision for five minutes and see the banal zoom in and out of focus from the simple to the rude to the inane. The comments often come from passionate users, some who will take offense at my perspective about Twitter. But as someone with more than 5000 posts and with nearly 1000 people following me on Twitter or on my Twitter newsfeed, I have developed a seasoned perspective.
Next season, I don't expect to be an active Twitter user. I think the world will be a better place as a result.
I am topgold on Twitter.