I am not surprised that Twitter has become the medium of choice among Iranians protesting their country’s recent presidential election. It seems though that during its finest hour, the social networking site’s biggest flaw is finally being highlighted on a global scale.
Twitter is an amazing service. But it also has an extremely low barrier of entry, which in turn dilutes its effectiveness.
The amount of mindless re-tweeting that has occurred in recent days is astonishing. I understand that the average user is not going to subscribe to a rigorous vetting process when it comes to verifying information, but this no excuse to blindly spread the same message about YouTube removing videos highlighting the violence in Tehran when they are doing the exact opposite.
Issues like this emphasize my concerns about Twitter’s sustainability. In many ways, it is the epitome of the high school rumor gone nuclear.
Don’t get me wrong though. I’ll be micro-blogging until my fingers fall off.
Sometimes you just have to take the good with the bad.