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March 2nd, 2009

Pet Peeve #5,243

Posting the twitter feed of that day to LJ.

Yes, I know, I know, it's the trendy thing to do. Everyone's doing it now. But here's why I don't like it.

1.) If I wanted to read your twitter, I'D READ YOUR TWITTER. I have a Twitter. I even use it occasionally. And if I wanted to read twits (I don't care if they're called tweets), I'd read them on twitter.

2.) Often times, for the people who use Twitter to communicate with specific people via @Username, you read half of a conversation. And it rarely makes sense, as, hell, these are MY friends we're talking about here.

3.) Twitter is a different format from LJ. LJ is for blog posts, lengthy rants, decent sized writings. Twitter is for little blurbs, SUPPOSEDLY about "what you're doing right now" (see the words above the post box on the web interface). When I read LJ (which I rarely, RARELY do anymore, 'cause I don't need the drama), I want to read POSTS. Not blurbs.

Please, keep your twitter to your twitter. Or at least have a way for me to opt out of having my friends list cluttered up by people's twitter posts.

EDIT: I think I need to clarify myself here. I'm not saying I don't like Twitter. I actually DO like it. I've found that it's a bit like writing haiku, having to express yourself in 140 characters. I've also found that it's great for work because you can't spend an hour writing a Twitter post... it's short and sweet and then you go back to your work. All I'm saying is that I don't like Twitter ON LJ.


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