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Subject:Explain this to me
Time:12:23 am
Why do people crosspost their stuff from Twitter to LiveJournal every night? It seems to me that if someone wants to read tweets, they'll either read them on Twitter or via RSS. It just doesn't make sense to me.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2009-08-27 07:34 am (UTC)
It doesn't make sense to me, either.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-08-27 07:44 am (UTC)
I don't twit or want the RSS clutter, I like the posts.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-08-27 07:50 am (UTC)
Dude. Are you feeling better yet?
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-08-27 08:04 am (UTC)
Pain level is down from 8 at BARGE to about 3 now. Still need a vicodin to sleep at night. Doc says I'm "healing normally". The biggest problem is being unable to concentrate for any serious length of time.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-08-27 03:06 pm (UTC)
Want to play some poker? It might be my only chance to beat you! Glad you're getting better, though.
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mspurrmeow
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Time:2009-08-27 07:51 am (UTC)
Makes no sense to me. They seem to think it's important to do so, though.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-08-27 08:05 am (UTC)
Also I only have one friend who does this so it isn't like I'm all overrun or anything.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-08-27 06:44 pm (UTC)
I usually get half a page to a page of them in a row, plus several other bundles at other times.
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andrewhime
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Time:2009-08-27 08:19 am (UTC)
Same reason that I have crossposting about the podcast, I expect. Keeping track of who's where is a bit too much effort, and if your Twitter posts are actually worthwhile (eg spidurman), then I don't mind it much.
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thorfinn
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Time:2009-08-27 08:52 am (UTC)
Misunderstanding of the different nature of social network fora, I expect. Most of twitter and faceborg's users have been on the Internet a pretty damn short time, compared to us ancient bastids who've seen all kinds of different social networking options come and go. ;-)

Same with crossposting twitter to faceborg. Even though those two are fairly similar in some ways, they aren't the same medium, and just blindly pushing the same message to both is going to make you look silly in at least one of them.

I can understand the desire to conveniently post to all three, even, but it's not as easy as just pushing the same peg into all three differently shaped holes.
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rahaeli
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Time:2009-08-27 09:36 am (UTC)
The people I know who do this want a central gathering location they can pull all of their online activity into, thus having a single point of backup.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2009-08-27 12:34 pm (UTC)
Yes. Is it ideal? No. Nothing is.
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schmengie
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Time:2009-08-27 10:42 am (UTC)
exactly
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cork_dork
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Time:2009-08-27 11:11 am (UTC)
Primarily because it allows you to consolidate all (or at least most of) your social networking onto one platform. You use Twitter for quick posts, and LJ for longer ones, but this lets you have your LJ contain your Twitter as well.
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cork_dork
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Time:2009-08-27 11:12 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was meant as a reply to Patti's original post. Too early, no coffee, etc.
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wench33
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Time:2009-08-27 12:33 pm (UTC)
I hates the Twitter.
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scottro
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Time:2009-08-27 12:55 pm (UTC)
People seem to grossly over-estimate their own importance to the blogosphere.

After a few months, I've determined that Twitter, at least for me, is a complete waste of time (both giving and receiving).

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prock
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Time:2009-08-27 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yep. I'm with you 100% on this. Twitter is generally a waste of space. Heck even twitter admits it, as they have no archiving of "tweets".
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luckylefty
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Time:2009-08-27 01:52 pm (UTC)
They do it for the benefit of people like me, who are glad they do it.

The system "If you want to keep up with your friends, just read LJ and Facebook and Twitter and Tribe and Orkut and (insert 12 other flavors-of-the-month here) every day" doesn't work for me. I want to read one thing. I've chosen LJ to be that thing, because AFAIK, anything that exports LJ to somewhere else won't let me read my friends' friends-locked posts.

So if you want me to see your twitters, you should ship them to LJ.

This begs the question "why should people twitter at all, rather than just posting everything to LJ in the first place?". For me, there's no benefit; it's the same for me as if they did this, and Twitter didn't exist. But there are people who want to read LJ only once in a while, but be notified instantaneously when a friend tweets, and it's useful to those people if their friends tweet some things and post others to LJ.
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courtneydisney
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Time:2009-08-27 03:52 pm (UTC)
I agree with all of this, plus Twitter is used more as an instant communication with others, and LJ is used more for longer thoughts, archiving, and more personal blogging.

If I want to meet up with people in an hour, or if I need something right away, Twitter reaches many people on their phones, as an alert, much like IMing. LJ isn't really set up for that.

I archive my LJ once a year and get it printed in a bound book style, so I can have a physical "diary" to look back upon.
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rightkindofme
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Time:2009-08-27 02:26 pm (UTC)
I don't fucking know but I kind of hate them.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-08-27 03:58 pm (UTC)
As long as they get consolidated, I think they're good. The cross posting of twitter to facebook where every update goes to fb is fucking annoying, though, if you have a fb friend who twitters a lot.
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greeklady
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Time:2009-08-27 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh and lets not forget the annoying crossposting to facebook as well.

I use twitter as a pure entertainment value. I follow people who write only funny things that make me laugh. I don't follow it every day. Nor do I use it to keep up with people. It is a love hate relationship with me.
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wild_irises
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Time:2009-08-27 05:50 pm (UTC)
Right there with you. I think it's boring and a little self-aggrandizing.

(Mind you, it's handy for me to be able to read abostick59's tweets before he comes home in the morning so I know what to expect. But I do that on the Twitter site, and I don't have to be on Twitter (which I'm not and don't want to be) to read them. So that's still not a reason to have them on LJ.
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jcdill
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Time:2009-08-27 05:51 pm (UTC)
Some people only read FB, some only follow tweets, some read blogs by visiting the blog, some read thru RSS. If you post to all of these forums then your different friends with different reading/following habits can follow you in whatever forum works best for them.

I really don't see the problem. If you follow someone on LJ and they also tweet the same stuff, just don't follow them on Twitter, or don't follow them on LJ, or don't follow them at all - pick which ever one works for you based on the value (to you) and immediacy you want to receive their information.
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prock
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Time:2009-08-27 07:54 pm (UTC)
Because some people prefer one aggregatin point instead of having to refer to 20 different sites.
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tiurin
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Time:2009-08-28 03:12 am (UTC)
At first, I thought it was "some people prefer one aggrandization point.."
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evwhore
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Time:2009-08-27 09:09 pm (UTC)
I see it as an analogue of reading a mailing list in digest mode vs. individual message delivery. Granted there's issues of push/pull/opt-in but the overall flavor is similar.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2009-08-28 12:01 am (UTC)
I sort of understand wanting to have everything in one place--and wanting to have an archive of older tweet, because it's only just recently that you could go back more than 10 pages in your own history on Twitter--and wanting to try to share your thoughts with more than one social network. But Twitter is a nearly-real-time, highly-contextual mode of communication, and all that is lost in a daily tweetdump, so I think they're mostly just useless, and a wee bit annoying.
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whitebird
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Time:2009-08-28 03:12 am (UTC)
I'd rather look at one website to read stuff posted by folks who interest me.

I'd rather not have to hunt down people's twitter accounts when I already know their LiveJournal accounts.

I don't actually follow twitter at all, except for one person. The aggregation twitter feeds have allowed me to learn some stuff I'd not have otherwise.

I don't have a lot of LiveJournal friends list people who do use the twitter feed, though. And a lot of those use a filter that only lets opt-in friends see it. That's of course, more polite.
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