In a world created by Tubridy, we’d all still be scratching on the insides of caves. There’d be no electricity. Or we’d give a nod to the gentry on the way to the poor house. You see Ryan Tubridy went all John Waters on the topic of Twitter this morning. Apparently people on the Internet are liars. It’s a fulltime job being a liar. From morning to night we all work super hard at it. We instant message to swap tips, uploading pictures of ourselves practising to Flickr and podcast our holes off being liars. It’s hard work. Something that Tubridy knows nothing about.
Tubridy’s guests on the show this morning were blogger, Twitterer and legal eagle, Fergal Crehan and technology journalist for the Irish Times, Karlin Lillington. Karlin also keeps a blog.
Fergal was an early Twitter adopter in Ireland. He joined in December 2006 and is a regular user. So he knows all the ins and outs. Compare this in stark contrast with Ms Lillington. She joined yesterday. But Karlin’s a quick study. She joined Twitter at yesterday lunchtime – Wed Jan 07 13:36:48 +0000 2009 – to be exact according to Twitter’s Show API method. She hasn’t even sent a message. Not a single tweet. Expertise is, indeed, relative.
She’s not even following anyone on Twitter either. If she’s reading Twitter via RSS as Bernie suggests, then what the fuck is she reading? She’s following no-one, so subscribing to that feed will be noisy (!). Is she subscribed to certain people’s feeds or the public timeline? And if she’s doing that, then why would she even open an account on the service? The mind boggles. Truly, it does. Because, that would be the height of ignorance.
All of this is, of course, hearsay. From what I heard on this morning’s Tubridy show she has a very, very shallow understanding of the medium. No mention of desktop or mobile clients, exciting geeky follows like the Mars Rover (was). There was nothing about the service’s growing pains, slowness during MacWorld, downtime or canning of SMS support. There was no discussion of how Facebook wanted to buy the service but the Twitter boys said no. Not a mention of similar services like Jaiku or Identica, but I’m not sure whether that’s down to ignorance or that they just aren’t worth mentioning.
Karlin did give a cursory nod at the way Obama used it, but no description of how historic one felt on Election night as the numbers rolled in and people shared a moment of ambient intimacy thousands of mile apart. No update on how the Obama team stopped using it all of a sudden.
Again, she hops in with the definition that Twitter is a “stream of text messages”. Perhaps, it wasn’t the sub-editor? Glad she clarified, else I could have jumped to the conclusion that they were messages from God. Is microblogging such a bad word? How can thirteen letters be so scary? Maybe it’s the blogging part. Is the tag “blogger” worse than “liar”?
I, seriously, have no idea why Tubridy covers Twitter unless it is to demonstrate that he is a Luddite or why Ms Lillington is brought on the show as she just opened an account yesterday. Fergal was the voice of reason and sprinkled good sense and quirky fun into a zombie segment.
Couldn’t RTE have scheduled the item when Rick O’Shea was back in the office so they could have an informed, interesting and entertaining contributer? Someone that actually uses it everyday, but in a work context? Sorry, I forgot RTE stole his voice. It seems Luddite chat trumped it.