Comments on: Why Twitter will get more annoying A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: asaramis Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:06:52 +0000 I think the Amex campaign should have everyone worried. Twitter needs to make money and they’re trying to get creative, but I still feel even promoted tweets with actual “good” content vs. just “tweet to get this deal” can have both commercial and editorial value.

Also think how an influencer like Felix Salmon experiences Twitter is very different than people like the rest of us does. I still get excited about retweets and mentions, I still appreciate getting new followers, and I still get a tremendous amount of valuable information from people I don’t know but that I respect, every day.

By: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 05:54:26 +0000 Dear Felix Salmon

Went through your article and it sound like a ranting against Twitter without any real data and facts and analyzing the fact.
Don’t know what personal vendetta you have against Twitter or when Twitter has hit you very hard but at-least as a journalist you should take a unbiased view.
Why Twitter is not annoying?
1-If I want to follow some one I will follow and If I don’t want then I will unfollow them.
2- Every one who is joining Twitter, they are not Salmon Felix working for Reuters. It is their right to write what they think.

3-Twitter is far more democratic in Nature.
4-You clearly have no understanding of the architecture of Twitter which is very straight and Open. The choice is your that what you want to read and what not.
5-Believe me you have been already sold thousand of times and Twitter selling will be another addition.

6- Your article is appears more like a news which people write to cultivate a view against a particular subject without any reason.
7- is this news a PR News?


By: ddeloss4 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 02:53:31 +0000 As much as I enjoy Twitter, I have to agree to some extent that it’s becoming more annoying. I find that there’s a divide between the people who are still using Twitter as a micro-blog to share their personal thoughts and concerns and the people who are capitalizing (or at least attempting to) on it’s marketing potential. Either way, Twitter and the ‘etiquette’ that goes along with it are bound to change.

By: AmazingDisgrace Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:23:05 +0000 If Porter doesn’t like your random tweeting, he can unfollow you. If you don’t like his complaining about your random tweeting, you can block HIM. Problem solved.

As for the sponsored tweets and hashtags, they can amount to a minor annoyance, but they are also an opportunity. If I get a sponsored tweet from a corporation I don’t like, I take advantage of it and block them. Not exactly the reaction they wanted, and I suspect I’m not the only one to do so. Recently, McDonalds started a promoted hashtag, presumably to get eager customers to say nice things about their restaurants, and it went sadly awry, with many people making uncomplimentary remarks about the quality of the food or its nutritional and caloric problems. Oops. Probably won’t repeat that error any time soon. Again, its fairly easy to make the tweet or hashtag or promoted twitter handle account go away, or wish they had gone away.

As for being more a way to meet people you don’t know than keep in touch with people you do, I suspect women see more value in that than men do. I love being able to find others who share my interests, my politics, my hobbies, but don’t happen to live near me, and whom I never met before. I’ve made real friends that way, and I know many people, close and far, who’ve made real friendships online that became real friendships in the real world, with meet ups, social activities, etc.

Its a support mechanism, as well as a social mechanism. Several of us banded together to help one person who was having panic attacks because of some stuff happening in her personal life. She didn’t want to bother and call anyone, but she was literally panicked, hyperventilating, on more than one occasion. The group of us were already on twitter at the times these panick attacks tended to happen, so we would band together to help her get thru it, have her breathe in a bag when necessary, check when she had taken her meds, follow up on her afterward, help her calm down. That is not the first or the last time people have been able to reach out and help others, make friends, etc.

By: Danny_Black Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:16:10 +0000 But if twitter disappears where are journalists going to be able to cut and paste from?

By: vcgtv Fri, 23 Mar 2012 06:34:56 +0000 Hey Felix, thanks so much for mentioning me in your blog.

The reason that I tweeted Wednesday evening about your “core purpose” being “… to provide him (me) with financial news …” was because the public description of your Twitter account is this:

“Felix Salmon is the finance blogger at Reuters.”

Your tweets about the Treyvon Martin shooting incident in Florida had absolutely nothing to do with the financial world in my opinion. As a journalist of some 30 years of experience, I DO find journalists who interject personal editorialization into their work as, yes … annoying. ;)

I never tweeted that YOU were “annoying, by the way, as your blog here hints at. :)

So thanks for the free publicity sir. This is a first in my brief Twitterverse career. I now consider myself a Twitter “professional” now that a Reuters reporter has taken the time and effort to present me to the world as someone who annoys him. :)

Porter Versfelt III
Versfelt Communications Group
Atlanta, Georgia – USA

By: spectre855 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:32:35 +0000 I still have yet to find a compelling reason to check Twitter more than once every couple of weeks. It’s really only something that I open after I’ve exhausted all of the other websites that I usually frequent. And as DCWright pointed out, it’s a complete mess of hashtags and hyperlinks.

No one I know personally has more than 1 or 2 tweets to their account which are usually something like “Hey I’m on Twitter now!!”. And I don’t use it at all for news as RSS feeds seem to be much more useful and readable. So six years later and I’m still asking for someone to show me why it’s such a great technological innovation other than the fact that it’s a great vehicle for spam.

By: DCWright Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:29:10 +0000 I found it annoying that the twitter website employs sonmany redirects that I had to rapidly hit BACK five times in order to get back to your post after following your link to it.

Also, what look to be “related tweets” displayed underneath employ so many @, #, and hyper-shortened names that they look more like bad code than human-readable strings.

By: rsmithing Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:09:58 +0000 I find Twitter more interesting than Facebook these days, which I’m finding increasingly more annoying. Before that, I found MySpace annoying. Anyone else see a pattern here?

By: LWSerewicz Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:49:51 +0000 Twitter allows for up to date material, but it is ephemeral. Few people track back through days of tweets to find the information so there is a lot of rebroadcasting of informnation. Also, the search for meaning is missing in 140 characters so people have to link to other sources. Twitter itself is morphing and, in some ways, becoming secondary to the applications that rely upon it and allow it be leveraged into something that can be used to make money ie such things as hootsuite or other twitterfeed systems. Twitter is rarely a point for conversation so much as an exchange. As yet, there is no social media site for discussions. Perhaps that is the next big thing.