As e.e. cummings' reluctant soldier Olaf did almost ceaselessly repeat, "there is some shit I will not eat," PR blogger Jennifer Mattern says there are some twits she will not tweet.
"Twitter spam," she calls it, when one uses Twitter to share a link to a new entry on one's own blog.
Look, if people really give that much of a damn
about your blog, they’ll subscribe to your feed. They don’t need what
really amounts to a manual feed coming through Twitter as well. It’s
obnoxious. It’s like screaming “Look at me! Look at me! I said
something new and I’m so uber important I just knew you couldn’t wait
another minute for it!” Yuck. …
I thought the supposed beauty of Twitter was the ability to hold
immediate multi-party conversations in a forcibly concise way. …
Oh that's what you thought, is it?
Here are some of the multi-party conversations I've been seeing today on my Twitter account:
I am having some serious problems with Microsoft Exchange!
Heading out to Chiswick.
Heh! I can see the traffic warden on one street, looks like the same guy who gave me a ticket last time I was in Chiswick lol 🙂
Editing line manager booklet – feels good to just write stuff for a change!
Do the Cubs have Swing Flu?
Feeling like a real commuter, headed to Houston.
Too nice to work now…. I hear the bike calling.
This is the church I'll be farting in when I go on Twitter and post the link to this blog entry and with a note that says, "My totally awesome blog post about Twitter bullies"?
Maybe I'm following the wrong crowd. If Jennifer sees an occasional link to a new blog post as a rude interruption of a rich, intellectual conversation, I'd like to know who she's following.