Sep 7, 2007

Twitter is Good Stupid

Poynter Online - Experimenting with Twitter: How Newsrooms Are Using It to Reach More Users: "Jacob Harris, a senior software engineer for The New York Times, says Twitter is 'the right kind of stupid.'"

1 comment:

Jacob said...

Heh, working on a post on open.nytimes.com to clarify that phrase. I mean it as a compliment by the way. Essentially, we spend a lot of time discussing how communities on the Internet are and what makes certain websites sticky...

The answer is the right kind of stupid. The common rant against Twitter (or Facebook or 43 Things or etc.) is that it's stupid and that it doesn't involve anything real. But most community talk in the real world isn't heady discussions about proust: it's how are you? what's with this weather? watch the game yesterday? here's a good joke...

So yeah, twitter is stupid, but no more stupid than the real world. And Twitter is so compelling that I use it in my spare time. So, that's where I'm going with about the right kind of stupid... it's a mark of high praise... good job guys...