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Listening to Twitter

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In an article entitled “You Don’t Have To Tweet To Twitter“, venture capitalist Bill Gurley makes the case that Twitter’s unappreciated value is as a tool for listeners, not broadcasters:

The second, and more critical, Twitter misperception is that you need to tweet, to have something to say and broadcast, for the service to be meaningful to you. For many non-Twitter users, Twitter is an intimidating proposition. “Why would I tweet?,” and “…but I don’t want to tweet” are two common refrains from the non-adopter that highlight this key misperception. But this completely misses the point as to why Twitter has become such an amazingly powerful Internet destination for 100 million others. For the vast majority of Twitter’s next 900 million users, the core usage modality will have very little to do with “tweeting,” and everything to do with “listening” or “hearing.”

I agree, more or less. I think Twitter was initially promoted as a means to feed your own ego by broadcasting utterly useless data about yourself to people who really don’t care what you had for breakfast (“Belgian waffles—MMMMM!!!!!”). And if they really do care what you had for breakfast, perhaps you should consider getting a restraining order.

I rarely tweet, but I “listen” to Twitter every day. From up-to-the-minute local traffic information to the latest MLB trade rumors; news, sports, work, hobbies. Of course, the signal-to-noise ratio can vary widely, depending on the topic. But subscriptions, search terms, and hashtags can help filter through the crowd noise. And it’s occasionally entertaining to follow the live #yankees or #tarheels tweets while watching a ballgame.

So tweet if you must. But also take the time to listen to what is being said.


Written by breckfield

November 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Time for Jorge Posada to retire gracefully

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Posada has nothing to gain by extending his career another season, other than to dilute the purity of a start-to-finish tenure in pinstripes. He could probably latch on with the Rays or Orioles, but he’d have to accept a limited role of 50 or so games as a part-time DH against right-handed pitchers. Posada has no defensive skills to speak of anymore, nor is he a threat from the right side of the plate. So what’s the point?

via Time for Jorge Posada to retire gracefully –

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November 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

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Report shows Bobcats might be better off not playing games

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New numbers show the Charlotte Bobcats and four other NBA teams might actually be financially better off by not playing games this season. reported that during the 2009-10 season, the Bobcats were among the teams who lost money.

If the team plays, it would actually cost them more under the current agreement than not having any games.

On Wednesday, league players rejected a 50-50 split agreement offered by the commissioner.

via Report shows Bobcats might be better off not playing games – News Story – WSOC Charlotte.

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November 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

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Occupy Portland Goons Threaten to Torch Pizza Shmizza After They Forgot the Breadsticks

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Occupy Portland protesters became enraged when Pizza Schmizza ran out of breadsticks to accompany their order. They threatened to assault employees and vandalize the restaurant.

via Occupy Portland Goons Threaten to Torch Pizza Shmizza After They Forgot the Breadsticks | The Gateway Pundit.

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November 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

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Why the Yankees should offer arbitration to Freddy Garcia

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Eric Schultz makes his case for why the Yankees should offer Freddy Garcia salary arbitration:

Based on Freddy Garcia’s recent track record of solid, consistent performance (and a demonstrated ability to survive in the AL East), I would have no problem with the Yankees bringing him back to occupy the #5 spot in the rotation.  Offering arbitration increases the likelihood that he comes back with a reasonable contract.  If he leaves, however, offering arbitration will give the Yankees another high draft pick, which could be a potentially significant asset for Damon Oppenheimer and co. to exploit.

I agree. As Matt Imbrogno says in the comments, Garcia’s resulting salary will be reasonable, so this is a no-brainer.


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November 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

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Are Democrats Fueling Anti-Semitism?

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No doubt some Jews will vote for Democratic candidates in 2012, but I can’t for the life of me understand why.

via Is Democrats’ Demagoguery Fueling Anti-Semitism? | Power Line.

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November 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

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