Are you Tired of the Twitter Conversation?



ConversationI find myself not visiting Twitter as much over the past couple of weeks. Call it conversation burn-out, and to be honest I think the Twitter craze is starting to cause me to have a shorter attention span and I that scares the crap out of me.

I have always been very proud of the fact that I have been very efficient in anything I do, and that I multi-task at a very high level for extended periods working on complex projects. I feel the 140 character limit of twitter has the high potential of re-wiring people’s brains in a negative ways. Would love to see someone do some clinical examinations of Twitter addicts.  

What made me really realize this is that I don’t communicate well in a 140 character world. After all I do a 1 hour and 15 minute podcast twice a week that is widely followed in a world where getting anyones attention for 75 minutes twice a week is a magnificent feat.

Considering the show broke the 125k Listener barrier recently, the more I think about it the more I really am shocked at the success of the show. My brain was definitely not meant to work in a 140 character world.

So with the re-launch of this blog I am vowing to move away from the 140 character world although the temptation will remain high to keep on tweeting I know that I need to move back to what I love doing most, and that is talking about tech and looking at the bigger issues we are facing today.

Tags: Burnout, Conversation

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.


3 thoughts on “Are you Tired of the Twitter Conversation?

  1. Todd, you’re looking at it the wrong way. You’ve got 4,545 of your most avid listeners following you. You could use Twitter to promote your blog posts, your podcasts, RawVoice movement and anything of interest to those core listeners.

    The fact that you only have 140 character to get more message across means that I’ll read EVERYTHING you TWEET, because it only takes a few seconds, as opposed to reading a long blog post. (I only scanned your comment in this article for example)

    There’s a lot of benefit to Twitter, if you use it to benefit yourself and your businesses.

    People are interested in what you’re doing, or they wouldn’t be following.

    Let me know.

    I recommend you read this short eBook – Twitter for Churches, you can download it at http://www.twitterforchurches.com/.

    Sam Garcia
    Ohana in ABQ

  2. I think that when some of the excitement wears of you are left with a fantastic tool to let your listeners know in a heartbeat about what is going on. It allows us to follow along and keeps us interactive.

    Its a great tool but not always the right tool. That part is up to user.

  3. I just recorded a 2:20:00 + long podcast, so I guess Twitter hasn’t degraded my attention span that much, yet. The amount of hype over Twitter lately is starting to be a bit much, though. Is it really earth-shattering news when some celebrity jumps on the bandwagon? It must be to some people. Not to me.

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