Monday, May 4, 2009

Twitter quitters tried it, didn't like it

The Associated Press is reporting that more people are quitting Twitter than are posting messages on the microblogging service. A study shows that more than 60% of Twitter's users in the U.S. have left the service a month later. Why are they leaving the nest?  Some speculations:

  • The 140-character limit per "tweet" is too abbreviated to post anything worthwhile (but note that tools are available to assist users with mastering Tweetspeak. Can u dig it?).LeavingNest
  • Twitter clutter: too many tweets come in to keep up with.
  • TMI tweets: followers really don't want to know what you had for breakfast, and they really don't want to know where you are at this moment.
  • Too many tweets: tweets contain no content of interest or value.
  • Numbing effect of too much info, not enough time to process it
  • Fear they may be seen by employers as wasting time.
  • Too distracting to users themselves
  • Duplicative of or disruptive to other social media, such as Facebook.
  • And other problems, as seen here and here.

On the other hand, if you're a Twitter fan (or fan of other social/sharing media), you might have noticed that we're now making it easier for you to share via the button at the bottom of the post.

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