Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pear Analytics’ Twitter Study Was Wrongly Portrayed.

Two days ago, a short-term study of Twitter usage was released. Carried out by US-based Pear Analytics, it categorically stated that 40.5% of tweets are "pointless babble" and the so on and forth while 8.7% was worth "passing-along".

While I think it is good to know that someone, and indeed an organization would dedicate its time to such research, it is entirely disappointing of the seeming-reason why it did this. And that seeming-reason is why I have an issue with it.

While everyone is jumping on the twitter-wagon and trying to make a name and money out of that humble invention, it is completely disgusting to know that some are going about it

I have taken another look at Twitter landing page to re-check ... It clearly states: "What are you doing?" then I ask, did Pear Analytics not see or make any sense of this clearly simple questioning-sentence?

Twitter is as the 'About' page on its web-site said; "a simple idea of being able to know what his friends were doing." Hence, the idea to portray that as pointless babble does not in any way make sense.

From what the inventors of Twitter has said, it is clear that it was not built to replace the newsreel at all. Neither was it built for only geeks to use but for a general (again) simple networking tools among friend, albeit in a very informal and relaxed manner. This today, is the secret of the success of this service.

I think that Pear Analytics could deploy its time and resource to more all-round useful objectives than making a caricature of people usage of a service. While I do not tweet more of personal issues, I find it amazing that this service has inspired a lot of people who would not dare touch blogger, wordpress, and the countless blogging services out there, to using the internet and the testimonies surpass the disadvantages. The micro-blogging and on-the-go keeping in touch with friends and acquaintances which Twitter has encouraged is massively rewarding. But a summary such as this, may discourage the openness that is beginning to take off.

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