I think Twitter satisfies the argument that, on the basis of what we can receive, 'the abundance of information is greater than the lack thereof'. Now, as you say, the information isn't, by most means, the most salient
- but that's more of a product of an abuse of the system, not the system itself.
While I post some things I'm doing (in a manner similar to Facebook status) I also post updates on my graphic design, films, and scripts in progress and, when on the road, use Twitter as a means of personally 'bookmarking' photos and GPS points that I find interesting. In the best sense of the word, Twitter is much like a scrapbook; in that it's public for those who want
to see it to see it.
Because Twitter isn't a prerequisite for web browsing or anything, and is, rather, a simple Web 2.0 independent development, I don't see how it's anything but productive
for technology in our modern landscape. It helps keep me updated on others, on developments (in FXHome's case), on health and chocolate doughnuts (in Tarn's case
), on humor (in Shaq's case), and on my own forgotten actions.
I dunno, but my first excuse for Twitter was to have, conceivably, an hour-by-hour account of where I was in the event I lost my wallet. (I signed up for Twitter only after realizing I could confine it solely to my brand new iPhone at the time) And, soon enough, I lost my wallet one day and consulted my Twitter. While it didn't exactly help me find the money-holder (which had slipped into my sister's room), it did
remind me of the delicious meals I had eaten the days prior!
I'd imagine if James Joyce were still alive he'd practically ****
Also, forgot to mention that Twitter also works
because its userbase, by and large, isn't composed of idiots. Because of this, the general atmosphere detracts from vacuous comments in the first place, as non-salient-tweets aren't fun to write if you've nobody to read them.