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Alex Gaynor wrote this great piece "I Hope Twitter Goes Away". I agree with a lot of what he says.
His basic argument is that Twitter is all about Broadcast, and the side effects that has. This makes communities and genuine discussion very hard, and makes abuse more likely.
But I don't want Twitter to go away; in some specific cases it's really good. At conferences, the broadcast of random information that is immediately useful and thoughts can really help people know whats going on and feel involved. In general, passing round the headlines of what news and new blog posts people think are interesting is good. And some of the bad jokes are pretty good.
But I do want people to use it much less.
I find it really odd when someone gives a talk and they only have a Twitter handle as a contact detail on their slides. Why not an email address? (This especially applies at the more Open Source orientated events. "We want freedom from central control .... unless you want to contact me!").
I find it really odd when people refer to themselves by a Twitter handle.
I hate getting into any serious discussion longer than a few tweets back and forth.
And after saying it can be good as a Broadcast medium, not always - I hate it when Twitter is the only broadcast and communication medium someone uses.
I guess you could also read this as an apology for my own Twitter account. I feel I use it as a broadcast tool only, and it's not very interesting. I'll try to blog more instead ...