Hazards of Twitter….

Four stars in the category of not taking yourself too seriously….

Thanks to J.W. Sass at Social Networking Rehab for bringing this to our attention (on Twitter)….

March 12, 2007, 9:38 am
Filed under: blog, Eric Rice, SXSW, Techmeme, Twitter

I’ll admit it..and I won’t be the first…Twitter is damn addictive.

Techmeme and blogs everywhere are littered with articles about Twitter, and it’s clear that Twitter has taken over the brains of digirati and online media mavens everywhere.

Nowhere is the impact more noticable that at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, where the independent journalists/bloggers that have traditional done an exceptional job of covering the conference seem suddenly to be sucked into a Twitter black hole. Eric Rice seems particularly annoyed at this phenomenon (see his blog EricRice.com ).

Twitter addiction seems harmless enough, but it may have some unexpected side effects. First and foremost, a blog is a great source document on events not covered by the mainstream media. What happens when the only records of events smaller than SXSW become an assortment of 140 character long Twits? Collective amnesia?