Posted on April 2, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid |
My distaste for everything Twitter-related is not a secret. In my opinion, Twitter is, for all practical intents and purposes, completely useless. It is, at best, a virtual hub of chronic time-wasters and at worst, a cesspool of narcissistic twats.
Given this, it’s not surprising that Twitter is one of the most hyped Web 2.0 properties and if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having any exposure to the Web 2.0 “community,” you just might find yourself believing that Twitter is a revolutionary communications platform set to take over the world.
Fortunately, those with some perspective know that’s likely not the case. While Twitter is popular, it’s not mainstream and probably never will be.
Yesterday, Allen Stern at CenterNetworks a YouTube video created by NYU student Alana Taylor that provides some interesting, if not amusing, perspective for those who need it:
While Alana’s informal street survey is far from a scientific poll, it does demonstrate that average consumers (the type you’ll find walking down the street in a major city) often have no knowledge of the hottest Web 2.0 properties that Web 2.0 kool aid sippers might assume everyone knows about.
In the case of Twitter, the fact that it offers little real utilitarian value has probably played a role in relegating it to the world of geeks, narcissists and those with far too much time on their hands.
But there’s no reason to single out Twitter. It was interesting to note that only a relatively small number of people approached by Alana had ever heard of Flickr, and of those that had, most were not users.
Clearly, Web 2.0 popularity doesn’t necessarily equate to mainstream popularity. While that should be common sense, common sense is in short supply in Web 2.0 so it’s not surprising that the Web 2.0 community spends half its time talking about services that the average person can’t even give a fuck about because he hasn’t even heard of them.
After watching Alana’s video, I realized that Web 2.0 has one thing in common with Las Vegas and it’s definitely not nights of hot promiscuous sex with the attendees of bachelorette parties. So what does Web 2.0 have in common with Las Vegas? What happens in Web 2.0 stays in Web 2.0 - most of the time. Thank god for little things.Print This Post