Twitter is over. Finished. Through. Overdone and dun. How do I know? I have the evidence right here:
That image is the official Twitter stream from MSNBC as of the writing of this article.
Twitter is now mainstream, for-profit, incredibly boring and no longer ours as a commercial-free zone.
We will now be hectored via Tweet streams now that the “cool kids” have taken over the technology.
Celebrities and News Anchors, no longer protected by their PR people, are now free to show just how stupid and sloth-like they are in their unedited Twitter streams.
Sure, now their illusion of perfectionism and intellectualism is broken, but at what cost? The price we pay is the forced acquiescence of our patient, good intentions, being overridden by their Tweetered self-importance.
I was never big into Twitter. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to know what I’m eating for lunch — and I still don’t — but we use Twitter to promote blog entries and there are some interesting people to follow on Twitter, but once you follow over 100 people your mind begins to blur and those Twits who are following over 40,000 people are, I guarantee you, only reading their closest 100 friends.
So why “follow” 39,900 other people if you don’t care a single breath about them? Ego massaging and platform polishing is the uncomfortable answer. Twitter is just a numbers game in followers and the followed — get the religious angle? — and that insane 140-character limit.
Cut off the public numbers propagation of Twitter followers and the followed and Twitter will be dead in a week. Nobody loves Twitter — everybody loves Facebook — but everybody had to be on Twitter to be considered important and impressive. With the rise of the MSNBC-like commercialization of the service, that hepcat shine is gone and washed downstream with Windows Vista.
The only joy I get out of Twittering is in crafting Twits that are exactly 140 characters. I get satisfaction out of the perfection of the ridiculous characters limit.
This morning, the most boring senator in the history of the free world — Chuck Grassley from Iowa — confirmed to MSNBC news live on the air he was, indeed, on Twitter (imagine your grandpa with a dedicated phone line plugged into your eye in ongoing 140-character pokes) and he even corrected the “news anchor” model that you don’t “Twit” on Twitter your “Tweet” on Twitter and as Norah O’Donnell cackled at her correction by the pedantic hillbilly, you knew right then Twitter had just been killed in its nest by a senator reveling in the cackle of a commercial correction.