Thursday, June 24, 2010

Embedded.com - COMMENTARY - Why engineers don't like Twitter

Embedded.com - COMMENTARY - Why engineers don't like Twitter

Twitter is one of the most popular social networking tools around today. But of the 50 million+ “Tweets” broadcast daily (according to Twitter), not all that many are being sent or received by engineers, many of whom say they just aren’t buying into the micro-blogging service based on “140-characters or less” text messages.
In a recent EE Times survey of 285 engineers, 85% reported that they don’t use Twitter. More than half indicated that the statement “I don’t really care what you had for breakfast,” best sums up their feelings about it; others characterized it as “a ridiculous waste of time and electrons” or expressed the strong desire for it to simply “go away.”

In the same survey, the frequency distribution of responses was heavily skewed toward “not-at-all-loving-it,” with 20% firmly in the “hate it” camp.
“The amount of information in a tweet is not worth the time spent looking at it,” asserts Jeffrey Tuttle, a hardware design engineer with 20 years of experience. “To be productive when doing design you need long periods of uninterrupted thought. Twitter by its nature is intrusive and interruptive. Consequently it seems to be for those people who don’t have enough to do.”
When the topic of Twitter came up at a recent EE Times-sponsored focus group, Tuttle feigned horror, forming a cross with his index fingers and holding them up as if attempting to ward off an evil vampire. Which, come to think of it, isn’t such a bad analogy given how often engineers describe Twitter as a time suck.


Read more at the link above!
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It's great to know that people (sane people) do agree that Twitter is a complete time waste and totally a twit of a thing to do! I mean seriously, all you're doing hour after hour is sending out updates about anything random, just to have poeple see and reply to your tweets! It may be highly addictive. But with all addictions, it's not good. The article above was such a relief :P. But it does say that there were engineers who liked Twitter for the reason that they could easily have product updates and keep connected to industry personnel. So there are two views to it. What does the general Pakistani Twitter addicts do ?? Decide for yourself :P. All you need to do is look around and keep your eyes opened.


8 comments:

Nikki. said...

ROFL! Most obviously Waste TIME :P :P

Uni said...

Exactly :P

Thanks for dropping by :)

SAS said...

I never liked twitter for it feels too extra with all the other things around..and I always thought that it doesn't do much...also one liners and that being the only thing that comes every now and then never interested me...

Uni said...

@SAS
True. It's intrusive. A lot. And it only interested me when the CJ issue was going on. Also, when they were trying to keep #Pakistan in the trending topics. :)..lol. That was funny. But a complete waste of time as well.

Thanks for dropping by!

MAK said...

i tried to use it but there was no attraction....in other words i couldn't figure out its purpose.

Do teach me how to use it ... if u know.

One more thing...time is only wasted if u have it.

Uni said...

@MAK
Believe me, you're not missing anything really. If you're connected with industry personnel through LinkedIn (or any forum etc).. then thats more than enough.

Tweets are nothing but lil bits of info people post throughout the day, read others' posts and comment on it. Imagine a FB with only status uppdates :P. Thats how it kinda is :).

SO good thing, you realise the time-wasting aspect and stay away!

Thanks for dropping by!

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