Will the chitchat kill Twitter?
Chitchat in social media:
lost time or blessing?
I wrote before that Twitter will be killed
by the useless chitchat people tweet all the time. However,
is that really so, or is that chitchat actually a blessing
that will enrich all of our lives?
About 8 months ago I
wrote that “the chitchat will kill Twitter”. At that moment I
saw Twitter as a serious communication channel, which is very
useful for businesses and professionals keeping up to date with
their peers and the latest developments. From that point of view
the chitchat, like “I have just landed at JFK”, or “I am waiting
for my suitcase now” seems useless chitchat which clutters my
However, now that I am completely used to using my social media
sites on a daily basis, to stay up to date with all my friends,
I have begun to seriously appreciate the chitchat. I realize now
that I have gone through the normal process of adapting to an
innovation, from initial resistance, through trying out, towards
fully embracing and enjoying the advantages of social media.
It turns out that the chitchat from my friends keeps me much
more up to date of what they are doing and where they are. It
gives me a deeper experience with them; lets me understand them
better than I ever could through the personal encounters we have
and thus enables us to have a much more meaningful relationship.
For example: I have a reasonable amount of friends in Facebook,
but I am not able to see all of them every day. However, the
active friends do publish on a daily basis, upload photos of
their kids and holidays and show what they like and dislike.
Before, when I visited one of them for a nice evening together,
we would be spending a lot of time catching up on how the kids
are doing, sick family members and going through the photo album
of the latest holiday. Now however, I already now that one child
was sick and had a scary fever but has totally recovered, I have
seen all the holiday pictures and commented on them, and I know
about the recent promotion to a new job. This means we have the
whole evening to go deeper into these subjects as we would
otherwise have time for. Better: as they were uploading their
pictures while they were in a certain city during their holiday,
I could immediately comment that I knew the best little
restaurant 200 meters from their hotel, or about the restaurant
where I got food poisoning and was told by the doctor he sees a
tourist a week from that same restaurant. As my friends read
this comment on their iPhone, they quickly got up and moved to
So, from now on I do read all the chitchat on Twitter and
Facebook and enjoy everything I learn from my friends.
Do you like the chitchat from your friends? Does it influence