Some readers here may not be aware that the rejuvenation of this blog all came from one place and has been made up by people who share one very common interest, Twitter.
For those of you reading who don't know what twitter is, I am amazed. Now when I started in 2007 on twitter I did not get it but it has evolved in something fantastic but alongside this evolution has come all sorts of problems.
When I began on twitter there was only a handful of people using it, Facebook was still the big thing. Trying to explain what it was all about was equally as hard, "its like facebook status updates", "yeah I am following people and they are following me back" the amount of times people laughed at me and told me there was no future in twitter, was huge.
Well all that has changed every Tom, Dick and Harry has found themselves on twitter. Stephen Fry was one of the very first celebrities to pick up on the value of twitter, he amassed a huge following and also followed everyone back engaging with people as much as he could. It was incredible for us ordinary Joes to gain an insight into his day.
But of course this became the trendy thing to do. Celebs found out about twitter and they started to join up in their droves. Jonathon Ross, Philip Schofield, Mc Hammer, Shaquile O Neal, Russel Brand the list goes on and on and on. The difference with a lot of these guys compared to Stephen Fry was that they did not communicate as much with the community. They did not understand twitter the way early adopter Stephen Fry did.
With this onslaught of celebrity talking about twitter at every available opportunity, twitter was now mainstream and its growth was phenomenal, over the last 6 months twitter has struggled with this growth. Just last night Ashton Kutcher challenged CNN to see who could hit 1 million followers first and the winner would donate 10000 mosquito nets to underdeveloped countries. This brought twitter to its knees last night, ruining many a folks evening, making tweeting impossible, all to boost their egos! The sickening thing is that this was a top news story for CNN, like come on, fuck off.
Today though I am fearing the worst for twitter, Oprah will have Evan Williams and Biz Stone the co founders on as guests, aswell as Mr ego himself Ashton. She will also be putting her first tweet live on the show! WOW
At present Oprahs account which was set up yesterday has over 70000 people following it even though she has not typed one word. I feel though today when she eventually decides to write some useless 140 character message like "hello im Oprah" or "testing this twitter thing out" Twitter will finally collapse.
Over the past month and and half every evening at 6pm GMT, a lag appears where tweets are updating sometimes 30 minutes or more behind. With this sort of ego coming on stream and with the power she has over so many millions of Americans I am dreading the thoughts of what sort of lag times we will have to deal with.
This though, could be the final nail in the coffin that I need to see to get me away from twitter, it will be emotional to leave now, but come on the machine for once aint growing as fast as the humans this time.