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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #50 on: 16 Jul 2009, 22:15 »

Fyi, my phone can only do 140, and it's one of the keybos phones. Not all phones can do multi-page.

I like twitter because it's like a personal fortune cookie style diary-blog, thing. It's nice because no one expects the thought to be important, but you can still have it down somewhere.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #51 on: 18 Jul 2009, 09:56 »

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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #52 on: 19 Jul 2009, 05:05 »

I have a twitter. I used it for a whole evening before the novelty wore out.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #53 on: 04 Aug 2009, 10:15 »

Oddly enough it's the other way around in my family. I have embarrassed my mother far more often than she has embarrassed me. i.e. the time we went shopping and I spoke to her in a fake hoity-toity English accent the whole time we were in the store. (I am a great kid.)
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But on the article, it does seem overly-specific. I hopped on xbox live to take a poll, and just about everyone I met on Halo 3 [land of the 15-year old] said they use their mobile phones as stereos, text-message machines, and phones. Twitter is quite popular, but Facebook moreso. Also, the LG Dare is 'the shit'. I better get back to the field for more polls and teabagging.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #54 on: 04 Aug 2009, 10:48 »

Twitter is used by old people (over 22, say) for near-live reporting and commentary during conferences.  Also (through the mobile phone access) the university computer service uses it to report on major outages - like the UPS failure last week that took down their main computer room, all the backbone routers (hence no conventional way to report on the problem!), and the edge router.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #55 on: 07 Aug 2009, 02:09 »

I like twitter. I use it pretty frequently, more to read than to actually post. I follow Rachel Maddow, Obama, and NPR, so I got my important news covered, and then I follow Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Zoe Keating, and a few other musicians/authors, and they either just give me interesting tidbits, or in the case of both AFP and Zoe Keating, they post about artists rights, and how to interact with fans sans record labels, and stuff like that, like independent business models, and whatnot. Its really really interesting.


I thought it was really stupid, and then I joined, and I realized how great it was. Facebook and myspace not so much. They were dumb before I joined, and still dumb once I did.


And I'm 21. So I guess a 15 year old would probably think I was old.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #56 on: 07 Aug 2009, 14:13 »

I had no idea Obama had a twitter, makes sense now that I think about it.

It's a shame it doesn't make any money (twitter) and that there isn't really any potential for money making.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #57 on: 07 Aug 2009, 16:41 »

As a follow-up, Nielsen has independently given a little credence to what was being said about Twitter's population:

http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/08/twitter-not-so-popular-with-the-young-people.ars

They say that even though under 25s make up a quarter of internet use they only make up about 16% of Twitter use.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #58 on: 09 Aug 2009, 12:23 »

to me twitter is just a stripped down facebook, which is already for older people (in my opinion, at least) ((I still use facebook but it's more college/university friendly)) (((hooray for lots of parentheses))) ((((I relied on google chrome to spell parentheses right for me. so what?))))

that being said, I do not know anybody, old or young, who uses twitter.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #59 on: 09 Aug 2009, 15:11 »

Your use of parentheses is one of the worst things I've had to decode on these forums.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #60 on: 09 Aug 2009, 16:09 »

It's a shame it doesn't make any money (twitter) and that there isn't really any potential for money making.

you're kidding right?
i've heard a lot about twitter being used as a marketing tool.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #61 on: 09 Aug 2009, 20:50 »

But twitter itself doesn't make money. Where would they get it from?

There's no advertisements, no subscription fee, it's not publicly owned.

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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #62 on: 09 Aug 2009, 20:55 »

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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #63 on: 10 Aug 2009, 05:22 »

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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #64 on: 10 Aug 2009, 16:44 »

There's a good point. Are the financers of Twitter pouring money into it for solely altruistic reasons? I can think of better ways to spend my money than to create a web-based open messaging system 'to find out what my friends are doing'.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #66 on: 10 Aug 2009, 17:10 »

Yeah, essentially it's a gamble. But there are a lot of opportunities really. And with the user base that they have now, I doubt that they will lose many people if they add advertisements. Look at Facebook, I remember when they added advertisements. I'm still using it.

That or they're hoping some large company like Microsoft or Google or Yahoo! will buy them.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #67 on: 10 Aug 2009, 17:27 »

I just updated my twitter for about the third time today.

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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #68 on: 10 Aug 2009, 18:14 »

there is a company called usocial which lets you literally buy followers for your twitter account. the base amount is $87 for 1000 new followers and as you go up there's discounts and stuff. i wouldn't be surprised if other services similar to this one exist as well.

good news for anyone who thought twitter couldn't get any more pathetic!
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #69 on: 10 Aug 2009, 19:22 »

"Pay me ten dollars and I'll make you my top friend on MySpace!"
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #70 on: 11 Aug 2009, 05:20 »

Ah well it's still better than WoW (re: farmers)
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #71 on: 11 Aug 2009, 17:23 »

Facebook probably will, seeing as Twitter is basically status updates without the rest of Facebook.

(that was what Wired magazine told me on the flight from Detroit to Philly a few days ago)

The thing I like about twitter though is that following someone doesn't have to be mutual. I mean, the majority of people that I get updates from on facebook I don't give a flying fuck about. I guess you can hide them, but whatever.

I choose the people I follow on twitter. They choose who they follow. It's a beautiful circle of information.

Also there are now threads in twitter: a.tinythread.com
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #72 on: 11 Aug 2009, 17:44 »

You are using facebook wrong.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #73 on: 11 Aug 2009, 18:07 »

I still don't get how to use facebook. I've had it for over a month now, and I rarely go to it. When I do, I get frustrated and leave.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #74 on: 11 Aug 2009, 21:36 »

if you are anything like me then facebook only has two pretty stupid but ultimately useful functions:

a) it lets you communicate quickly and efficiently with your friends in a way that doesn't involve sitting on AIM chatting for hours and forgetting all that stuff you were going to do with your day like eating and sleeping and going to your job and so on
b) it is the ultimate medium through which to exercise all of your passive aggressive urges
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #75 on: 11 Aug 2009, 23:31 »

c) Stalking

although I guess that could count under passive aggressiveness.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #76 on: 11 Aug 2009, 23:39 »

d) breaking couples at the click of a button
Not your couples either, just anycouple, as facebook's password protection is shitty...
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #77 on: 14 Aug 2009, 16:28 »

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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #78 on: 20 Aug 2009, 18:42 »

i use twitter, and am 18. (so technically i am a teenager, but i think the term 'teenager' applies more to high school students, which i am not.)

though, to be fair, i also crochet and watch the news and read books.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #79 on: 20 Aug 2009, 18:43 »

reading books is for old people now?


fuck, no wonder I don't have any friends.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #80 on: 20 Aug 2009, 18:46 »

i mean, other than twilight (hork hork hork), a lot of kids these days don't like reading.

it is pretty much a bummer. ):
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #81 on: 20 Aug 2009, 19:02 »

Quote from: The Article
Stephen Fry is not particularly cool."

Stephen Fry is not particularly cool.  He's AMAZINGLY cool.

Also, that kid says kids don't use phones because they're expensive, but then he says they text all the time.  Now, maybe I'm a bit of a geezer, but don't you need a phone to text?  Or can you buy things that just text these days?

When I think about all of these social networking sites, all I can think of is the original .com boom.  Maybe it'll be different, though.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #82 on: 20 Aug 2009, 19:04 »

i think it means using the phone as in calling someone. Texting (at least here) is much cheaper than calling someone on your mobile.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #83 on: 20 Aug 2009, 19:06 »

So you don't need to pay for a calling plan to get a texting plan?  I know I certainly do.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #84 on: 20 Aug 2009, 19:10 »

here we have pre-paid deals, where you buy a sim card for $2 or whatever (normally if you get a phone as well it is about $100 or something, depending on where you buy it from) and then are able to put money on your sim to use within 6 months to either send texts or make calls. I think a lot of parents here get their teenagers on pre-paid rather than a plan, so they can't rack up giant bills. You put $30 on the card and when the kid uses it up they have to put more on or deal without being able to use their phone.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #85 on: 20 Aug 2009, 19:11 »

i call people most of the time, if i really need to talk to them. if it's not of dire importance, i text. i pay a flat rate for unlimited texting, so it's cheaper than calling.

as far as social networking sites, i have pretty much all of them but i use twitter the most by far.

oh, and i suppose it is true that most teenagers don't buy music. but i don't think a lot of them use torrents. i do, but when i try to explain it to a lot of my peers or god forbid someone younger than me, they kind of just stare.

i don't go to the movies, but god i hate movies. i will only go see something i am really very interested in. but this "teenagers don't go to the movies" thing is bullshit, because i refuse to even go to the movies on friday-sunday, for the overflow of 12-16 year olds clogging the place up. ):<

sony ericsson phones are the most popular? not in america. fuck. i don't even know a single person with one of those anymore.
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #86 on: 20 Aug 2009, 19:14 »

@Eris.  Huh.  I've seen those pre-paid things, and thought "That's very poor value for money" and then moved on.  Apparently, with the plans these days, you can allocate certain minutes to your kids.  At least I've seen commercials for that sort of thing.  Maybe I am just obscenely out-of-touch.  I've never used Facebook, twitter, myspace, livejournal or any of those other things (not that I believe myspace and livejournal to be new, but I didn't use them when the were new and cool).
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Re: "Twitter is for old people"
« Reply #87 on: 21 Aug 2009, 13:35 »

I'm on a pre-paid deal, I pay 14p per minute for calls (so I don't call, generally) but I get five texts free every day and then I pay for them after that, I think it's 14p each again. It's a fairly expensive deal to be on and I should really get a new sim card because when I go to uni I'll need to phone more often, but I've had this deal since I was seven.

Most people get these things called bundles, though, which I think is what you were talking about: a certain amount of money per month and then say 500 minutes and 300 texts for free before you start paying extra.
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