Twitter abuse is now a pandemic – at least in my mind. People are recklessly using of this micro-blogging application, often without a purpose or goal in mind. This is one of the main reason I don’t use the service as much as I used to. The concept of value has become lost among a sea of thoughtless, frenzied tweets.
I think it is fair to say that Twitter is now mainstream. Along with Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and a few others, Twitter can be classified among the web’s social media elite. With this fame also comes noise. Many Internet users and companies are jumping on the bandwagon in an attempt to profit from this new trend. In other words, the uneducated have been let loose with tweet fever. It’s like giving a gun to a child – instant chaos.
When I do check Twitter, I passively parse through the latest tweets, rarely clicking on a single item. In addition, I’ve become desensitized to most users who tweet more than 10-15 times a day and I usually skip over their messages. These users eventually get deleted. Honestly, I think that 5 tweets a day (at most) should suffice.
Twitter has become a true time sink. Use it diligently and don’t get caught up in the hysteria – excess time on Twitter kills productivity. We only have a certain amount of time in our day – use this time wisely. My recommendation is to only use it occasionally to ask a question, get advice, or inform your followers. Don’t be a hypocrite though. Tweet less often, but pack it with value. After all, you don’t want your followers becoming to desensitized to your tweets.