Is Twitter anti-social? Twitter, the SMS-enabled social networking service, has grow to be increasingly common more than the previous year. This was pretty apparent at the SxSW Interactive Conference in Austin, TX, exactly where the most typical choose-up line was “What is your Twitter name?” (Second only to “I adhere to you on Twitter.”) At just about every panel I went to, I noticed audience members meticulously thumbing messages on their phones to the Twitter neighborhood alternatively of listening attentively and politely to the speakers. At most conferences, this would be regarded as rude and unprofessional. But SxSW is not like most conferences and I did not hear of any panelist complaining. So I did not assume a great deal of it.
Then one particular evening at dinner with @ericaogrady (Erica O’Grady), @tamar (Tamar Weinberg), @trevinorama (Marla Trevino) @antifreeze (Seth Blank), @davidlyman (David Lyman), I barely noticed the silence at the table as we all sat typing “tweets” into our phones. In truth, @ericaogrady and I (half jokingly) spent a great deal of the dinner communicating to every other more than Twitter even although we had been sitting straight across the table. No doubt, this was uncommon, and maybe some could possibly get in touch with it anti-social. But I would like to propose a new term to describe Twitter customers:
Twitter customers are “Anti-Socially Social.”
I generally never speak in oxymoron, but in this case it is completely acceptable. Twitter is the ultimate just-in-time social network, accessible anyplace there is cell-telephone coverage (ie: everywhere). The folks working with Twitter are inherently social Twitter is, following all, a social networking service. The difficulty is, having said that, Twitter is utterly addictive and maybe insanely distracting.
In the corporate globe, it is regarded as rude to send messages on your telephone even though attending a meeting, panel, and particularly dinner. In truth, I after got named out for undertaking so in the course of a meeting with a extremely higher-up C-level. Even hanging out with my pals, I am harassed for messaging into my telephone, alternatively of conversing like a typical human. But I am not anti-social. In truth, I am way as well social and Twitter is my pusher-man. Whilst, I am the very first to admit that you ought to almost certainly limit your telephone use when in the presence of other folks, I cannot sit back and let folks say that Twitter is for the anti-social. So subsequent time, somebody complains that you are getting anti-social for sending as well several tweets, recall to inform them “Dude, I am not anti-social…I am anti-socially social.”