Far From The Twittering Crowds

The most successful technologies and services on both the web and mobile phones have been those that allow people to communicate, and the logical progression from all that are services like Twitter and Dodgeball that tie instant messaging, social communities and wireless services to create a service designed to let people share everything they do, reports the WSJ. Each message is limited to 140 characters (less than an SMS) but there is no limit on how many messages people can send. Although many people find it addictive, an equal number of people are annoyed by the vast amount of pointless messages from some people, like “a friend…who shows up at a party and just won’t stop talking”. Since these services can also update people via SMS when a message is posted it becomes even more annoying. “Forrester Research analyst Charles Golvin, who covers consumer wireless services, said that because sites like Dodgeball and Twitter can be tied to a user’s cellphone, they can feel more intrusive than PC-based networks. “There’s something about your mobile phone. It’s a much more personal device and connection because it’s with you all the time,” he said.” Not to mention the cost if people don’t have unlimited SMS plans.
This seems to take communication and social interaction way too far — who needs to be in that constant communication, to know what you’re doing every hour of the day? Of course, that’s what people were saying about mobile phones 10 years ago…