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(111,666 posts)
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:08 AM Mar 2020

Is Twitter for small-minded people?

Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with saying that "great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people".

How many tweets are dedicated to discussing other people? Certainly, almost every tweet by Dear Leader is talking about someone else. There is no doubt but that it appeals to his "small mind". It was tailor-made for him.

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Mike 03

(16,616 posts)
2. It's 90% awful
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:12 AM
Mar 2020

Especially with an election on the horizon.

But there is a way to use Twitter and find high quality accounts (and there are many). Many climate scientists are on Twitter and putting it to good use, and that's true of other professionals too (economists, social scientists, scientists, journalists, attorneys and the Open Source Intelligence Community #OSINT). But one has to be very selective to get a positive experience out of it. I've dramatically cut my use of Twitter since 2016. Every once in a while there's a good reason to jump in, for example when #MoscowMitch was trending, because we could see it was really getting to McConnell. Same for Devin Nunes hashtags. Every once in a while it seems to make an impact, but overall I don't think it's worth the trouble.

Right now, I wouldn't advise somebody who isn't already on Twitter to get involved in it, but that's just me.


(103,685 posts)
3. While I know the constraints have partially changed, still a platform that relies on 140 character
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:18 AM
Mar 2020

responses is inherently simplistic, tailor-made for confusion, misinformation, manipulation, and propagation of ignorance.

Obviously that doesn't cover every tweet or user, but it is an inherent problem.

That said, I am terrified if control of Twitter passes from Jack Dorsey to the RW investor intent on taking it over, Paul Singer (Elliott Management).


(37,194 posts)
5. It's a living example of Sturgeon's law...
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:02 AM
Mar 2020

"Sure, ninety percent of it is crap, but ninety percent of everything is crap"

-- Theodore Sturgeon (February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985), American fiction author, primarily of fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Maybe 95% for Twitter due to trolls and bots.



(51,308 posts)
6. It's for middle schoolers for the most part.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:02 AM
Mar 2020

And for the gullible who believe everything they see tweeted.


(15,906 posts)
9. Of course it is.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:09 AM
Mar 2020

You can't develop and discuss an idea in 140 character tweets.

I'm not on Twitter and won't be but then again I'm not on Facebook either. I'm on DU and that's it for online discussion boards.

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