Sunday, April 9, 2017

Twitter should die

Twitter should die. The same short posts on Facebook or Google+ or any other social platform.

People are in general stupid. They are clever, inventive, but stupid.

This is caused by fact that on average human brain in given moment is able to grasp up to 7 pieces of information, and tries to make all mental work as cheap as possible. And they have build in brain a lot of heuristics.

Twitter bases on this. Limit of 140 characters lets you only to pass about 20 words.. often with link included, so 18 words. Some of those words will be things like "the", "and", "a" and similar.

Those up to 18 words is great to pass some inspirational quota, give short description of mood, or basic opinion about movie.
But doesn't work for passing any useful information about controversial topic, or any more complex topic.

"A lot of snow today" works, but "According to scientists this year cold winter is caused by North Atlantic Oscillation which is unstable because of increase of temperature in polar regions" will not fit 140 characters, so it may be changed to "Scientists says that current cold winter is caused by global warming". 

Because of this if you want to put any meaningful information you need to compress meaning, and use less detailed, and more general words. 
"Lighter shade of crimson" becomes pink, information is lost, context is lost. 

And when people are reading those "compressed" messages they "uncompress" those, and add meaning. 
Because shorter texts are using more "opinionated" words this decompression adds rather more negative information.

And at the end we have short messages, which are misinterpreted, and loose most of context.

And this is even without doing this for purpose, for creating clickbaits or fake news.

So, Twitter should die.



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