At least half of the time I use Twitter, I am procrastinating on something more important I need to do in my life.
Now I know it’s arrogant to assume that everyone else has the same faults as me, but let’s just imagine that about half of other Twitter users have the same problem. Given Twitter’s addictive nature and optimization for short attention spans, I don’t think it’s an unreasonable guess that Twitter is a form of procrastination for these folks.
What does that say about Twitter?
It’s procrastinators reading the procrastinating thoughts of other procrastinators.
That doesn’t mean all of the ideas on Twitter are worthless, but I do think it matters how ideas are produced. I understand that the ideas themselves are neutral, that the the worth of those ideas should be determined objectively. I also understand that it is very hard to objectively judge ideas and information these days, given the firehose producing them.
So as a proxy, it might not be a bad idea to question the manufacturing process. And if most of what we see on Twitter is an attempt at procrastination, they probably aren’t the best ideas.