Saturday, May 16, 2009

Twitter Trending Analysis by Meg Pickard


This scarily accurate visual representation of a twitter trend is by web anthropologist Meg Pickard. It’s obviously tongue in cheek, but it’s close enough to reality for me to mention that it’s not actually from collected data. That would be interesting to see, though, and it’s possible that Meg has the chops to put it together. According to her flickr, she’s “been studying and writing about the anthropology of internet interaction since the mid-90s,  blogging since early 2000 and these days looks after social media for The Guardian.”

As Cory on Boing Boing remarks, “Outside of Twitter, this applies to pretty much any popular newsworthy topic…the news quickly moves from ‘we’re telling you about Topic X’ to media coverage of the media coverage of Topic X. See: Twitter’s own coverage in the media currently.”

I should point people to this graph when asked why I’m not on twitter yet. I try to avoid the hump of irrelevence, a term which I hope enters the common lexicon fairly quickly, as much as possible. Besides the meta-dickery, twitter seems to mostly be about what various people had for breakfast. Since I tend to either sleep through the meal or skip it on the way out the door, I only have fairly detached feelings of jealousy tinged with confusion about how other people manage to have so much time in their day.

I’m open, of course, to using twitter. I just haven’t seen a single non-ironic use of it that is any interest to me. I was thinking of setting one up to post art deadlines as I found them, so people could subscribe and keep track of the information, but then I realized that I already do that here… where people can subscribe and keep track of the information.

So I’m not sure I see the point. I can make things as short or longform as I want here, and already have a steady network of commenting and sharing information through google reader. The entire appeal of self publishing information on the internet is that I am not limited in what I create/share/write/post, when/how I do it, and what size it can be shared at – exactly why I don’t keep a blog at sites I don’t have control over and why you are not getting costly print dispaches from me every morning. Why add another service that simply limits me to the short form when I can do it already in one place?

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 10:12 pm