[Air-L] facebook, twitter and annoyances

Baym, Nancy nbaym at ku.edu
Sat Oct 31 08:34:00 PDT 2009

Of course it's complex. But what if another of that person's followers  
funds the food updates a lovely way to feel connected but is annoyed  
by all those professionally tinged informational links. "Interesting"  
is not a quality of message but of a particular listener's response to  
a message. "Almost all" is often an unwarranted assumption from one's  
own point of view. Furthermore, even if "almost all" holds, they may  
not be the people most important to the tweeter.


On Oct 31, 2009, at 10:06 AM, "Barry Wellman"  
<wellman at chass.utoronto.ca> wrote:

> 1. Nancy, I think it is more complex. What if there are really
> interesting people whose posts are often filled with gems, but at  
> the same
> posts some self-infatuated or status update stuff ("going for  
> breakfast")
> ("sitting in my garden") stuff which is not interesting to almost all.

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