Tyler Cowen awards “The best sentence I read this morning” honors to one from a subscription-only FT article on Twitter and similar tools: “The latest social networking craze is for single-sentence or photographic observations on every life.”

It is a phenomenon that, thus far at least, I simply don’t “get.” Steve Rubel, David All, and several of my other friends in the Web 2.0 business are very excited about Twittering. Conversely, my Facebook “status” is permanently set to “James is drawing the line at micro-blogging his every move.

What am I missing?

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  1. Triumph says:

    What am I missing?

    Nothing. It is simply bloviating, internet-hype.

  2. Alex Knapp says:

    I don’t get it either. I’ve been blogging for over five years now, but I’ve taken great pains to keep my private life private. I’ve never even blogged about my job, except to say that I’m an attorney and the company I work for is a telecommunications company. The folks who talk about their everyday life–their kids, significant others, pets, etc–absolutely baffle me.

  3. I have long been of the opinion that because the MSM and computer industry types largely missed the coming wave of blogging back in the day they are trying desperately to not to miss the Next Big Thing. They gushed over podcasting and vlogging as the “next blogging” but were wrong. I suspect that this Twitter business is the same song, different verse.

  4. carpeicthus says:

    Listen to the Ninja. Twitter is a cult. I DON’T NEED THAT MANY UPDATES, SCOBLE!