It happens with every single communications technology, platform, and/or service. Someone says that "x" is "dead" and a firestorm of posts is ignited. In this case, the current "dead" and/or "dying" platform is Twitter. Coincidentally, most of the conversation about the death of Twitter is taking place via 140 characters...on Twitter.
Before you read any more of this post, please note that I don't think that Twitter is going anywhere in the near-term. Sure, the site will change and evolve over time. Twitter may even eventually disappear into the ether of the Internet. However, that's not going to happen for quite some time. For now, I would place Twitter at the top of my list for social media sites. The 140 is a vibrant place.
But, I digress...back to the "demise" of Twitter. Since I try to avoid BuzzFeed as much as possible, my introduction to the "Twitter is dead, long live Twitter" conversation was due to this tweet from Jennifer Keegin:
Working my way back to the source tweet from BuzzFeed, I quickly perused Charlie Warzel's thoughtful piece on the current state of Twitter.
Warzel gets Twitter. He writes an honest treatise about where Twitter used to be and where it currently resides. The site has evolved. Twitter, when you strip away all of the hype, is a social communications vehicle. They almost always get better...except for the fax. While I'm not always excited about the changes that have taken place to the site's interface/functionality, I do find tremendous value in the platform.
I think that Bryan Alexander has a great point about the "Eulogy for Twitter" from The Atlantic:
Here's a sample of the Twitter-is-dying discussion: http://t.co/7N1C3SLHxt Gotta love the "we asked our friends" evidence. Very NYTimes.— Bryan Alexander (@BryanAlexander) May 1, 2014
Does Twitter "feel" more different now than it did in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, or 2007? Absolutely. However, as Dave Pell astutely pointed out:
Be wary of discussions of Twitter's doom that are still happening on Twitter.— Dave Pell (@davepell) April 30, 2014
Writing this piece for a blog and posting a link to it on Twitter...oh, the irony!
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