Fwittering

30 Apr

A couple of weeks ago, I joined the league of people who tweet away.

It started as an exercise in educating myself to figure out what the 140-character-microblogging syndrome was all about. And to see if it could be put to any productive use because it seemed like an addictive distraction. Some of it is useful – especially if you follow NYT, Economist, Wired, O’Reilly, GigaOm, Guy Kawasaki and a few real-life acquaintances who aren’t busy tweeting about inane stuff like going to the loo or listing out what they ate for breakfast (before they went to the loo)! And it could be more useful if Maruti Suzuki evolved its Traffic Beat service from FM radio to Twitter to tell people which roads to avoid in real time, or if a helpful Jat could update others on shops that still stock beer in Delhi/Gurgaon when the temperature’s hitting 43 Celsius and there’s no Kingfisher to be found nearby…or even the best deals on veggies in the morning (why does Pizza Hut insist on wasting paper slipping in offers into newspapers?).

But, yes, Twitter can be addictive and distracting. In this multi-tasking era of hyperactive thumb-texting, it’s a fad worth considering only if you don’t get carried away: interestingly, a research reports that over 60% of Twitter users drop out after the first month.

On a particularly distracted day – alternating between Facebook and Twitter and between their web and mobile versions – I realised how unproductive life could be. Which is how the term fwittering was coined and submitted as entry no. 13 to Urban Dictionary: ‘a verb which describes the act of frittering away valuable time between Facebook and Twitter by posting status updates or tweets on both.’

No pun intended but go thumb it on UD.

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2 Responses to “Fwittering”

  1. shyam April 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    The 60% quitter number should come with riders. I ‘quit’ twitter for a year after joining it, picked it up much later. And as with any network, a smaller % of the users contribute most of the usage. Beyond the shock and awe headline, it is just business as usual :)

  2. mohitoz May 1, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    True… like many others, am just wondering whether the fad can sustain itself and become a genuinely monetisable business. Let us tweet away till then :-)

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