D’Arcy Norman has deleted his twitter account. I found it pretty interesting.
I have tried Twitter, but I have to admit that I have never been able to get it. But I always felt that there must be something wrong with me. I know part of it has to just be me and my personality. I am not one of those real chatty people you run into from time to time. I also have never been able to think that my life was so interesting that other people would want to know about it on a minute by minute basis.
I had never, though, thought about it to the degree that D’Arcy has. He said:
I keep coming back to one thing. Who is paying for twitter, and why? It’s not advertising. At least Facebook is clearly partially financed by advertising revenue.
The only value I see in twitter, from a financial point of view, that even comes close to justifying the expense if providing the service, is to teach The Machine. The constant tweeting, linking, geopositioning updates are providing a vast database which can then be mined. But why, and by whom?
That kind of Big Brother idea is a little creepy. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.