Dribble-Babble Squared

And so marketing intelligence agency Pear Analytics told us today what we already know all too well: that the social media microblogging network Twitter is made up of 40% babble. This is actually very charitable. I have to confess that well over 99.9% of my own tweets are a unedifying mix of social dribble and babble - indecipherable to the uninitiated and embarrassingly vapid even when understood by other Twitter babblers.

But Twitter isn’t cornering the market in dribble-babble. Facebook,which is trying to outdo Twitter in real-time messaging, is a frustratingly user-unfriendly social media website which is also generating an avalanche of daily narcissism, titillation and stupidity. And even the Internet’s supposedly more authoritative sites are not immune to social media’s descent into user-generated inanity. Take, for example, the garish Huffington Post, a supposedly “news” website that aggregates the opinions of left-liberal friends of Arianna Huffington, the Southern Californian socialite founder of this venture capital backed yet still unprofitable new media business.


Twitter comes to Oxford

Stone Late last month, while I was in England for the Silicon Valley Comes To Oxford event, I had an interesting chat with a tuxedoed Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. Stone (above right -- standing in the Oxford Union library next to Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn), told me that Internet news was about to become real-time. I didn't get it. A few days later, of course, Mumbai happened and the news did indeed go real-time.

For more on the ups and downs of real-time news, read my piece in today's internet evolution. And while you are there, check out internet evolution's richly informative Web Wide World Global Video Series. The show about Ruanda is particularly revealing -- did you know that gorillas invented the Internet?