Reminded why Twitter is just annoying

Published January 1, 2012

I don’t follow Twitter feeds. I’ll occasionally post, knowing that what I say will appear in a handful of folks’ feeds, but only rarely do I both reading much.

Yesterday I remembered why. I happened to find something interesting said by a science writer. She had a Twitter feed, so I went to check it out. The entire thing was snippets of conversations with _other people_. What the hell was the point?

@janedoe You are right about that!
@johnsmith Sure, but then you’d have to inverse the field, amiright?
@chrisjohnson That might be a good idea, but it will have to wait till next year.
And so on.

I don’t mind listening to someone else on their soapbox, even if it’s only 140 characters long, but I have no interest whatsoever in listening to someone one-sided replies to other people. How can people find that interesting?

Here’s a sample. She’s obviously brilliant and interesting, but you’d never get it from the feed:

@edyong209 @deborahblum @ivanoransky&fave: “But Rome wasn’t built on Dr.Das”

@edyong209 @deborahblum @ivanoransky Grt quotes from piece:”Das appears to hv had relationship w/a Las Vegas resveratrol maker” #bookie

@noahWG @ResearchDigest&that leads me to wonder howautistic ppl w/strong visual discrim, etc., compare in terms of episodic mem

@noahWG @ResearchDigest Don’t see “shuttlecock”much in sci stories. Curious if sound was invlvd? Other senses create memorybesides visual

@KateClancy @scicurious @szvan That’s a big grrr for me,too. Got a couple of conflicts like that &hate to miss.

@praeburn Got a couple (?)……

@praeburn You mean errors in the actual science, rather thancritique of how someone writes abt the science, yes?

@scio12 re:microRNAs. “The Dangerous Blurring of Newsand Opinion Online.” Re writing about risk, and online

More srsly, just hving “life” disc w/10yo yest,explaining “grey areas,” human need for poss irrelevant demarcations #lifeinthreewords

nucleotide sequences propagated #lifeinthreewords

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