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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

David Pogue, weekly tech columnist for the New York Times and the (co)author of The World According to Twitter (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2009), demonstrates the wisdom of the crowd in his new book, a compilation of tweets from his 500,000 "followers." What's your take on twitter? Do you trust the wisdom of the tweet? Comment below!


David Pogue

Comments [16]

DMI from Connecticut

Love David Pogue. I follow him on twitter and he is the most informative and entertaining, which is why he has so many followers. I control my tweets by only looking at them online and not thru text messages on my phone. I know folks who also do a good bit of business networking on Twitter. I tend to prefer a more personal, face-to-face method but it is just one tool of many we entrepreneurs can use to keep our businesses front and center.
David is a great consumer reporter and a terrifically entertaining fellow.

Aug. 21 2009 11:08 AM
Frank S

To my last point, TV did not 'replace' radio...however, the format of mainstream radio programming was changed by TV. Radio was no longer a long-format, gather-the-family-around entertainment medium. Radio became music, news and talk. Therefore the types of people and corporations associated with radio changed, and the very business model had to evolve.

Aug. 19 2009 12:17 PM
Frank S

And, if we look across demographic groups, we do see a precipitous decline in use of email as use of text messaging increases among progressively younger people.

Don't want to dwell on a minor point, but new technology generally replaces old technology, or at very least dramatically changes the ways (and amount) old technology are utilized.

Aug. 19 2009 12:13 PM
josh from brooklyn

Yes. And CD's ARE being replaced by downloading music, as proved by the closings of Tower Records and the Virgin Megastores.

Aug. 19 2009 12:08 PM
Ralph Cutler from Brooklyn

Just a brief response about replacement and your last callers point about polaroids. My girlfriend takes polaroids all the time. Film is still produced due to a small but strong niche market.

Aug. 19 2009 12:08 PM
allie912 from Richmond, VA

I'm proud to say I'm one of David's co-authors of The World According to Twitter! However, unlike David, I have only 100+ followers. Therefore when I ask a question the likelihood of getting a usable response is much less. I follow about the same number (100) and have focused my list to include people in my profession, columnists who interest me, some news sources and people from my local area. As a result I get a manageable number of tweets and very few time wasters in the bunch! BTW allie912 is my twitter accountand I am a school librarian.

Aug. 19 2009 12:07 PM
Frank S

...wouldn't you say that phones REPLACED telegraph...? And email replaced fax machines...? And computers replaced typewriters?

Aug. 19 2009 12:01 PM
Todd Ivins from New York City

I agree with the last caller.

Telegrams. . . the telegraph.

Aug. 19 2009 11:59 AM
Steven from New York, NY

I think your objection to the word "replace" is silly. I suppose that, since technologies don't replace each other, we still get news from the telegraph and the pony express!

Aug. 19 2009 11:57 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn, NY

I dunno - I'm not sold. Are people so lazy they can't go on to the Internet and Google the sources they're interested in? Email and Facebook updates already clog my inbox - I don't want to be invading by more things I don't have time to read.

Aug. 19 2009 11:56 AM
JP from The Garden State

When does the USB cranium patch cord come out so I can twitter without running into telephone poles while walking down the street and never have to speak directly to another human being again? Oh, and is there a fact checking button on twitter or a BS button?

Aug. 19 2009 11:56 AM
Caitlin from Jersey City

One thing I love about Twitter over Facebook is that if someone follows you, you don't have to follow them back. It doesn't have the drama of "un-friending" someone.

Aug. 19 2009 11:54 AM

All of these anecdotes aren't exactly selling twitter for me. I'm not that into getting flooded by short quippy comments. What was his eureka moment when he realized that he could get certain info from twitter that he couldn't elsewhere?

Aug. 19 2009 11:53 AM
NC from NYC

Twitter is actually a major source of news for me-- following CNN, NYTimes, and Huff Post. Plenty of Obama news, and White House streams. I also get my celebrity news/gossip. So it helps to offset my limited TV consumption.

Aug. 19 2009 11:24 AM
MS from Long Island

My love of Twitter began when I started to follow my favorite cyclist, Lance Armstrong. During the Tour de France It mushroomed from there to follow other professional cyclists in the race -- Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Brad Wiggins, Christian V.d.V, etc. I felt as if I was a fly on the wall of the various cycling teams during the tour and it was a blast to check in each day. Now I follow NPR celebs and others that I find interesting. Is there wisdom in these folks' tweets? Maybe, but more often not. It's just plain fun.

Aug. 19 2009 10:13 AM
Claire Lea from Ohio

I love having Twitter and even follow complete strangers who have similar interests (geocaching, birding, cycling) plus a few celebs and of course friends. It is fun and can definitely be challenging. To express a thought in 140 characters can be difficult. I recommend Scott Simon of NPR for being the best at it from those I follow.

Aug. 19 2009 10:04 AM

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