[Air-L] facebook, twitter and annoyances

Jason Mittell jmittell at middlebury.edu
Sat Oct 31 17:39:28 PDT 2009


Barry wrote:

> And who the heck cares that you had eggs for breakfast, other than you and
> your partner?
>

The egg lobby?

Seriously, the most annoying thing to me about Twitter is that when you post
or converse about something, you often get reactions from the metaphorical
egg lobby - companies or groups out to promote their interests by looking
for search terms and "cold calling" users about their products. Just
yesterday I responded to a post asking for advice on survey software - and
got a tweet from a survey software company promoting their product instead.
A great advantage of FB is that you don't have to be friends with the egg
lobby...

As for the breakfast question - I often get culinary inspiration from what
people say they're eating. No different than a coworker talking about the
great food they had last night for dinner.
-Jason

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