More on Twitter: NYT column argues service hurt by "one-upmanship"

Over the weekend, the NYT published a much-discussed column warning Twitter (TWTR -7.8%) may have "reached a turning point, a phase in which its contributors have stopped trying to make the service as useful as possible for the crowd, and are instead trying to distinguish themselves from one another."

Though author Jenna Wortham admits Twitter can still act as a compelling source for real-time news and interesting content, she argues the constant need for "one-upmanship" among users is leading the service to "feel calcified, slowed down by the weight of its own users, cumbersome, less exciting than exhausting."

Not everyone (fully) agrees. TechCrunch's Anthony Ha thinks Wortham makes "some very interesting anecdotal points," but also considers her Twitter experience "atypical," given she follows over 4K users. "Has Twitter become less informative and more self-promotional? In my experience, it has always been a mix, and I’m not sure that mix has changed all that significantly."

The Next Web's Jon Russell makes a similar point, and argues (like others) Twitter's main problem isn't keeping its core base engaged, but turning new users into regulars.

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  • Mattster
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    Translation of above: We herded em in the cattle car the past two days with a relative strength carrot and then it was just a short trip to slaughterhouse over the weekend, and today made steaks
    27 Jan 2014, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • levlen
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    Most likely twitter will land down pretty badly in range between $40.00 and $45.00. Dramatic fading is inevitable.
    27 Jan 2014, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    It depends on what individuals use Twitter for. As the political season heats up Twitter will be on fire. Everyday I see something that makes me laugh, engage with other "tweeters" that sometimes last days. I see artists sharing their portraits, photographs, or petitions for certain causes (i.e., animal rights, anti-Rush,...... ), sharing with Pope Francis, President Obama, and sometimes getting a response, as I got from Senator Cory Booker.


    Last night sharing on Twitter during the Grammy's was a lot of fun. To understand better --- realize that over 50% of population are single people. Twitter enable individuals to connect with the world in a way Facebook, Linked In, and others do not. Instant news and information before rest of media airs it.


    One of my first tweets (late 2012) was of a woman who fell on subway tracks (I was there waiting for the train). To my surprise my tweet was used on an internet news venue.


    Most people who give Twitter a low grade don't use it, only see it as a stock with little valuation and questionable potential.


    You will see how wrong you are. This is a new era where everyone's a reporter, comedian, artist or whatever one wants to be -- and it's awesome!!
    27 Jan 2014, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • bernard_k50
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    Or you could just get a life.
    27 Jan 2014, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • optionsexpert
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    Just because everyone wants to be a reporter, comedian or artist doesn't mean they are good at it.
    27 Jan 2014, 05:11 PM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    "Most people who give Twitter a low grade don't use it, only see it as a stock with little valuation and questionable potential."


    I see Twitter as a Facebook version for morons who can't write more than 2 full sentences in a row. I've tried it but I abandoned it right away. I see absolutely no interest in such a service.
    Therefore, I'll stay away from its stock.
    28 Jan 2014, 03:36 AM Reply Like
  • benitus
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    The death knell has sounded for TWTR. The end is in sight. Beware the fall that comes with unbridled euphoria. The bottom should fall out of TWTR very soon.
    27 Jan 2014, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • D.B. Kim
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    FB and TWTR are dying... I guess we'll have to go back to actually calling people to get our fill of social engagement.
    27 Jan 2014, 06:33 PM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Or move to Google Plus.
    28 Jan 2014, 03:36 AM Reply Like
  • Mark Krieger
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    don't try and catch a falling knife, as far as carnage is concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet
    27 Jan 2014, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • benitus
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    How true, Mark. All it takes is a catalyst, to get the bubble popping. If FB results fail to meet expectations, then the run begins and TWTR will be dropping faster than FB because many people are holding up FB as a model to base their support and confidence in TWTR. Then, there's also the lock-up release, which will accelerate the demise, unless insiders hold back on dumping TWTR if FB falls calamitously.
    28 Jan 2014, 08:14 AM Reply Like
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