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Twit litter categorized

Posted by James McPherson on August 31, 2009

Apparently 40 percent of Twitter tweets are “pointless babble.” That seems like an incredibly low figure to me, but then I think much of what passes today for mainstream news also qualifies as pointless babble.

 I’ve disgust … er, discussed previously my views about Twitter (also here, here, here and here). Still, I like the diagram below and thought it worth sharing/saving. It comes to me from Kevin Kelly, via Endless Emandation.


9 Responses to “Twit litter categorized”

  1. BTW–

    That little pictogram is funny.

    I might like to borrow that…..

    …..for my FACEBOOK Page.

    John Derbyshire recently had this little precis on such matters in the evolution of the social networking sites:

    “There are great cosmic principles at work here (regarding the term “Creative Destruction”). Simplicity begets comlexity. From ammonites and trilobites comes 700 species of dinosaur; the spare teachings of the Master call forth annotat…ions, exegesis, and commentary upon the commentary; from the convenience of a phone we advance to e-mail inbox folders, texting, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.”

    My comments on this occasion less verbose, and limited to:

    “…yielding Spacers, Bookheads, and Twits…”

  2. James McPherson said

    Borrow away, of course–after all, I got it third-hand. And if it appears on three blogs, it might be seen by, oh, dozens of people.

  3. Well, it’s hilarious.

    And, I was hoping to make it all the more so by actually posting it to a FB account.

    But it seems the usual comments about “little Kaily is taking her bath now! Oh, mommy is SO tired” commentary takes the day once again over on Facebook.

  4. James McPherson said

    Incidentally, the CNN story linked above lists the worst kinds of FB offenders. I have an account but rarely check it, let alone update it.

  5. Wakefield Tolbert said

    I saw that too!

    Yeah–that about covers the full monty on most of the Bookies….

  6. Wakefield Tolbert said


    …leading in turn to the evolution of Space Cadets, Bookies, and Twits…

    (Logogram of the intersection of FB and other social networking sites and their questionable human interface, courtesy of a great site I often disagree with, called James McPherson’s Media & Politics Blog. Interesting stuff can be found here.)

    I might just make a link on the blogroll.

    One more liberal site (I do have SOME) can’t hurt.

    You DO have some interesting takes here (as this is your forte’) and politics and specifically the intersection of media and politics.

    I am wondering also if you’ve read the odd (in some ways) but very interesting works of Nimmo and Coombs, such as Subliminal Politics, and Mediated Political Realities.

    I don’t have the Amazon link on me at the moment 🙂

    Interesting stuff about themes, memes (before the word came into usage), narritives, myth, and media, and the intertwining of these ideas in media and politics.

  7. zelda said

    Great diagram………..!

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  9. […] I have regularly denigrated “anti-social media,” especially Twitter (also here, here, here, here and here). I have proclaimed that I would avoid Twitter, and for five years or so I did. But […]

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