Did that little Twitter kill my comments?
This is more personal than anything else. I think twitter killed my comments. And I also think that it has killed the comments on many other blogs. The keyword here is: think. Which obviously means, it is not supported by any data.
Twitter has seen a phenomenal rise ever since it was launched. It now has millions of users and yet doesn’t make any money. There is no business plan yet and they are not even close to getting one. But, if they take twitter down now many hearts will tweet profusely.
Obama, Oprah, Aston Kutcher and Britney Spears are all loving twitter. Then what is my problem with twitter?
Well, there used to be blogs, and there used to be comments. Some were good and some not so good. But it was a community. The whole thing has changed ever since twitter was introduced. The blogger tweets the post to get more traffic and reach and the tweeter re-tweets the post to appreciate or just a pat on the back or just to digg (Side note : Is twitter the new digg?). And the tiny url thingies are making the sharing easier by the day in 10 characters or less.
Don’t get me wrong here. This stuff is good. But, these re-tweets have killed the comments or so I think. People who used to comment earlier are re-tweeting which is actually good for the traffic of the blog. But, from the conversation perspective bloggers feel lonely. Let me rephrase that. I feel lonely when there is no comment for a post.
Re-tweets are good but they do not make me happy. Comments really make me happy. It really doesn’t matter what kind of comment it is. It could be – you suck or you can’t write for nuts. I will take that. But, I cannot take a no-comment post.
And I blame twitter for that. That was easy.
PS: Can you please re-tweet this?