Twitter Following: Two Weeks, 35 People, and 2453 Tweets Later…

April 22nd, 2009

Twitter Followingby Jeffrey Barrett*
Two weeks ago, I added 35 new Twitter people and companies to my RSS feed – generating 2453 tweets, wow! I was overwhelmed at first. But many of the posts turned out to be conversational and fairly easy to skim over. The ones with links took a bit longer since the short URL services (such as and Tiny) didn’t indicate what I was about to click on. By and large every tweet required thought about abbreviated words and new shortened phrases, which complicated matters further.

Now, I realize the pain of Twitter for me is in keeping up with the constantly changing language of the Twitter community or even the sub-community of those I follow. Even with improved content rules from Rands, I had a hard time keeping my attention.

My previous analogy (as posted here on BurrellesLuce Fresh Ideas) refers to Twitter being like instant messaging. This was only part right. It seems Twitter is actually more like instant messaging written in the format of truncated text messages. It is this truncation that has me wondering, “Is Twitter creating a rapid evolution of the written word?” I think I am going to keep some of these feeds on and see how language trends develop within them.

*Bio: Currently I am the chief architect of BurrellesLuce 2.0, the portal used by thousands of PR professionals to monitor, share, organize, and measure online and print news. I started as a web developer for Merck & Company and I am an accomplished technologist with a focus on large scale system architecture and implementation. With over ten years of experience designing and deploying technical solutions for a wide range of companies, I most recently managed web projects for NBC Universal, where I delivered social networking applications and supported high traffic applications. Prior to that, I served as director of technology for Silver Carrot, a marketing firm, creating and delivering the technology that powered high-performance online campaigns. In my spare time, I enjoy reading about economics and anything that has to do with modeling social interaction and social media. LinkedIn: Jeffrey Barrett; Twitter: @BurrellesLuce; Facebook: BurrellesLuce

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