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  • The trouble with Twitter is that it is utterly boring. Who cares about celebrities? Who wants to receive an endless stream of inane tweets? Maybe it has some utility if you are trying to raise a protest demonstration or if you are 13 years old, but otherwise, what good is it?

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    • I agree Twitter has a functionality problem — and the fact that Verified accounts get treated differently than regular users with special powers and private follow streams — makes it clear that Twitter doesn’t have any interest in the ordinary end users… until it comes time to prove to the market that the service is growing and not withering on the Verified celebrity Vine.

      How can those regular users suddenly become valuable when they have never been — except to prove as added-value chaff in the separation from the coveted.

      I agree Twitter runs on angst — teen angst, angst in the Middle East and first-world celebrity angst — and as you suggest, what good is that? It doesn’t solve a problem. It doesn’t express a need. It’s a big bitch hole! SMILE!

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      • I see Twitter, in some ways, as the digital analogue of People magazine.

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        • I agree! I think Twitter would be delighted to be the People magazine of the web — the only problem with that, though, is that Twitter then becomes a direct competitor of People and US and OK! as the change from paper to digitalization begins to propagate and the hard magazines already have a loyal readership while we know Twitter does not.

          I think Twitter has some magic in their Verified accounts and they need to open that up to everyone by making Verification formal and achievable — charge money for it! — and then they can slowly become a trusted ID network aggregator and the value they would add that Facebook and LinkedIn and their ilk do not, is that offering a paid user level will immediately make the service more serious and enforceable beyond the fleeting fame… but then all the celebrities would leave in droves because their VIP status would be no more.

          To stop celebrity bleed, Twitter would likely let them keep their exclusive blue checkmark and then add a secondary, lower, level of Verification for the pond scum with money — and give them a red checkmark? — for those who pay to be verified… but that likely wouldn’t work either, because nobody wants to pay to be stratified into a second class.

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          • From my perspective, it is the celebrity component of Twitter which turns me off. There is just too much trash.

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          • I think you’re right. It’s a celebrity cesspool — by design! Twitter went after the “stars” and coddled them and got in bed with their PR machines and fueled up all their star vehicles to help generate buzz and earn mindspace for the brand. All that’s fine… but now what? What’s the next step when Gaga and Bieber and Katy Perry and done and through?

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          • I don’t know.

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  • I don’t know either, but when that time comes, my concern is Twitter will no longer be viable or popular. If Apple had purchased Twitter a couple of years ago, and made it part of iMessage, the whole world would be different!

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  • Shatner rides in on Twitter to make my point!

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