Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Twitter is Borg

I googled 'Twitter is Borg" to see how many others have come to this conclusion. Surprisingly few have made the observation that operating on Twitter essentially makes you part of the 'collective' and puts you on course to join the hive mind.

On Star Trek, the Borg were a group of tech savvy cyborgs that absorbed and assimilated all sorts of creatures and cultures into their own. They operated as a collective mind where all their thoughts were joined together. It had it's advantages because their collective brain power was added together into a super computer like hive. Kind of like a group of PC's linked together with Linux to solve a problem.

The problem I see with this, is that like Star Trek where the Borg was a powerful force to absorb the unknowing and defenseless Twitter brings in people and permanently connects them to the hive. Removing yourself from the collective was painful, just like trying to deactivate a Facebook profile.

Ashton Kutcher is even showing the Regis and Kelly audience how wonderful Twitter can be. It pains me to think that somehow Grandma and her cat are now sharing tech space with me.

That is good to keep me off Twitter for quite some time. But just like Facebook proved to me.

Resistence is futile.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm reaching the same conclusion about Facebook. After being on there for a couple years now I can't say that it has enhanced my social life, unless one considers knowing what your mate had for breakfast enriches one's social.

Neither can I really say that I scored much through Facebook (isn't that one of the main reason's we're on there?) Yes, I poked one or two but I could have done that without the "aid" of Facebook.

Have I made any new business contacts? Not really, or not anymore than I could have done with LinkedIn. In fact, I may have scared off more potential business than gained via Facebook. I mean, who wants to do business with a guy who is in the habit of posting senseless status updates such as "f*ck work sucks", "TGIF", and my favourite "I wish I won the lottery so I never had to work again". Not the kind of stuff one would jot down on a resume.

No, my friend, Facebook is yet another method for the Borg sucking one's mind into the collective, where your social status is measured in how many "friends" you have managed to leach off of your original 10 or so *real* friends and acquaintances (I'm being liberal with the numbers).

The only joy I see in staying on Facebook anymore is to trash it. I mean really trash it, like starting a movement and get people unhook from this god-forsaken "Matrix" and realize that there is a real life out there (that is assuming they had a life in the first place). I wouldn't go as far as deleting my profile, because after all, one has to fight the Matrix and the Borg from within!