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Is Twitter doomed now that it’s gone mainstream?

— As Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to collect 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah Winfrey sends out her first tweet, tech observers are debating: Does Friday mark a new peak for the microblogging service? Or the beginning of its demise?

Personally, I don’t think Twitter is doomed although I do think it’s evolving.

Last week in the rural area I’m from, our mayor was on television talking about Twitter in a small segment on the local news affiliate. I thought it was doomed then. (I tease.)

I don’t really follow celebrities on Twitter. I follow other writers, friends, people around the blogosphere and folks I find interesting. I know people that love following famous people and interact with them. It’s not really my thing but there is a sense, for some I guess, of breaking down that wall between the famous and their fans.

When it comes down to it, as I always say, do what you want to do. The only issue that I’m watching somewhat hesitantly is Twitter becoming more noisy than it already is, but I guess that’s part of the world of technology.

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  1. Scott said April 20, 2009 | Permalink

    I don’t think it matters how mainstream Twitter goes. Even though going mainstream ruins many things, the beauty of Twitter is that it’s so easy to completely ignore anyone. And, like you said, you use it the way you use it…others may use it differently.

    There’s also the “get it” factor. Is the mainstream ever going to “get it”?

  2. Backroadsnews said April 20, 2009 | Permalink

    Twitter isn’t doomed. I follow between 5-10 celebrities (if you want to call former Star Trek actors celebrities) but they are not my focus. I follow folks from my area and some media and weather types among others
    My daughter follows every tweenage celebrity, however, but that is the sort of thing she wants out of Twitter.
    The only thing I’m worried about is if Twitter can keep up with capacity, but they’ve had issues with that even before Oprah.

  3. Cathy McCaughan said April 20, 2009 | Permalink

    No. 1. Don’t follow celebrities and media outlets who don’t interact with others. 2. Don’t follow automated link tweeters. 3. Use a service to create groups.

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