Twittertainment

So, am I still getting benefit from my Twitter account I hear you ask?

There are a lot of conflicting views - dare I say that the older fraternity of journos find it ridiculous and say so loud and long, but the young, hip, open-minded folks (hello!) rather like it.

Well, I've grown to like it - putting me firmly between the above two camps as a sort of old hipster (or 'dad').

I actually find that those I follow fall into two distinct camps - commentators on IT who break new stories quickly, which I find useful and informative, and Twittertainers - those who post stuff that I just find amusing.

As an example of the latter, check out Graham Linehan's post from 10 August:

Glinner: Hey, guy, look out for that car! Wait, no, I shouldn't be using Twitter for this, I should say it out loud! Gahh! Too late!

In other words I've started to use Twitter as I already use RSS feeds and an aggregator - for work and leisure. Does that mean it will last? I'm not sure. Things in the 21st century still need to generate cash to survive and I'm not sure how Twitter can be 'monetised' to use a hideous neologism. Especially so as there are so many different ways of accessing Twitter through different mobile and browser apps, over which I wouldn't imagine the folks that run Twitter have much control.

Be interesting to see how it develops.

How are you using Twitter, gentle reader?

About the author

Brian is Head of Content at BCS and blogs about the Institute’s role in making IT good for society, historical developments in computing, the implications of CS research and more.

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