Someone Facebooked a link to a guy who says Twitter is the wave of the future that will save us all (click) so every journalist on the planet better get with the program and because it was written by someone who said anyone who thinks Twitter ISN’T the wave of the future was a jerk and old fart and curmudgeon, I took issue.
Not that I don’t think Twitter has a future somewhere, or that I’m not a curmudgeon. It is my great pleasure to be grumpy about just about everything. But Twitter is a tool, one of many being touted these days. Being pragmatic, I’m happy to take a look.
I was mostly offended by the original piece’s patronizing tone, and said so. You don’t convert old and experienced people to the new ways by saying they’re dumb if they don’t see the wisdom of your sales pitch. Old and experienced people, by definition, have seen more than their share of such pitches and are a lot better at weeding out the dreck than most less old and less experienced people give them credit for.
There was a lot of back and forth, and who can say? If I could predict the future I’d have made a killing on Iomega stock before it tanked, or AOL before it tanked, or WebTV before it tanked, or something. Anything. Anyone here still use a Palm Pilot? I see US Robotics still makes — wow — dial-up modems.
All the backs and forths are fun to read. Mine are by some jerk named Charlie. Feel free to weigh in and dump, everyone else certainly does.
And feel free to follow my tweets @ctrentelman. I always thought roland hedley’s “underwear bunching. thoughts?” was as good as that medium gets, but that’s me being a curmudgeon.