They are both are going to be out of style. At least that is true according to an article I read on businessweek.com which challenged the continued popularity of Twitter. The article can be found here , but at usual, I’ll give ya the gist of it…
[…]But Twitter is still a fad, and according to a study out today, it looks like it’s popularity may soon fade. Conducted by Nielsen Online, it focuses on “Twitter Quitters,” people who start a Twitter account but then fail to return the next month. Twitter, the study points out, has a very low retention rate, just 40% […] If people can’t form a lasting Twitter habit, even when the site is at its trendiest, that’s the tell-tale sign of a fad.
So how does this article relate to the PF blogosphere? Twitter has become just as important, if not more important, than social bookmarking sites like tipd, stumble, etc. Each day I log in to my twitter account, I get updates from all of the people I follow and most of the time they provide a link to the blog they posted that day. It’s become a convenient way for me to check out other PF’ers posts. Even cooler, they often throw out links to other sweet articles they have read. It has become another means for me to find great content from people with similar interests. I have had a twitter account for a little less than a month now and have found it pretty dang useful (except for the twit-whores who update every ten seconds, they tend to get a little annoying.)
So what’s it gonna be? Is twitter gonna be a thing of the past a year from now? Or is that little blue bird in it for the long haul? Personally I think twitters growth will slow, but I also believe people that have had their accounts for more than a month or two will stick around and continue to tweet to their hearts content.
If nothing else, those of us with twitter accounts can walk away from that article with an inflated ego because we are apparently doing a “trendy” thing 🙂 Are you trendy? Do you have an account? If so, whats your username and how long have you been on? If not, why?