by David Hakala
Recent press reports indicate that people are deserting Twitter in droves. The short-message social network that captured headlines for weeks is suffering from information overload. You sign up with Twitter, follow a few people, activate the RSS feed, and instantly you are flooded with dozens of messages like this:
“Just ate a baloney sammich.”
“Look at the cute thing my baby did…”
“Taking out the trash.”
Who cares, right? The problem is that question on Twitter.com’s home page, the one that text-messaging teens constantly send to each other: “What are you doing right now?” If I want to know, or just open a more meaningful conversation, I’ll ask you. But I don’t want 50 trivial updates per day!
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