Is Twitter becoming irrelevant?

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Twitter may be less and less relevant to us today. What was once a great platform for instant communication and crowd sourcing has become an outlet for self-importance and news that isn’t. This was well-stated in a New York Times blog article pointing out the non-news that was Justin Bieber getting arrested:

“..more often than not, it translates to standing on a collective soapbox, elbowing each other for room, in the hopes of being credited with delivering the cleverest one-liner or reaction.”

The transformation at Twitter that is being described has been happening for some time and is still happening now. It’s an evolutionary process, so it takes time. Still, the writing is on the wall. As my personal Twitter feed has grown (thanks to an ever-growing list of Followers), its relevancy and usefulness has shrunk in proportion. The more people on my list, the less useful it’s become.

Even at that, though, it’s not just a matter of restricting your friends lists (Followers) or using filters to try to put a sieve on your feed. Relevance comes from unexpected places – in such a way that a logical filter will not really work well. The only possible filter is my brain. Further, a larger list of Followers means that my Twitter feed is faster-paced and less relevant most of the time, but it also means that when I happen to say or share something significant, it gets shared around more often, increasing Twitter’s value to me on that flip side.

So where is the insta-relevance we all crave? Hard to say. I find relevance in my Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram feeds. In their own ways, Foursquare, blogs, even email threads are useful. The biggest difference is that two years ago, Twitter had far fewer celebrities and fanboys (or girls) than it does today and thus was the current favorite on my list. Now? Not so much.


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