According to recent research carried out by Pear Analytics, 40.5% of all tweets are classifiable as ‘pointless babble,’ which the researchers defined as ‘the “I am eating a sandwich now” tweets’. You can read their full report which is downloadable as a white paper from their website; however, the BBC sum up the percentages here stating that:
it found that 40.5% could be classified as pointless babble, 37.5% as conversational and 8.7% as having pass-along value. Self promotion and spam stood at 5.85% and 3.75% respectively.
To be honest, I am dissatisfied with the classification of certain tweets as ‘pointless babble’. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is those tweets which inform us about your choice of sandwich, the weather in your area, your indecision over which shoes to wear or your confession to treating yourself to a sneaky glass of rosé that brings the necessary level of humanity to your twitterstream.
It’s these small insights into the ordinary everyday that offer necessary points of connection; they offer a degree of commonality which others can relate to and respond to. Following the sharing of the quotidian, conversation naturally flows, and it is from here that one can then go on to self-promote or offer those tweets defined as having a ‘pass-along’ value. By offering up small, seemingly insignificant details, communication is sparked and friendships are born.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t follow bots. I’m not interested in the firing out of information regardless of how relevant it may be to my interests. I would much rather follow those that tweet about their everyday triumphs, struggles, decisions, disappointments, appetites. I would much rather follow human beings with all their wonderful foibles, idiosyncrasies, oddities and failings.
For me the ‘babble’ is far from pointless – it’s the glue that sticks a community together; it’s the unapologetic celebration of human conversation.
How about you? How do you feel about the classification ‘pointless babble’? Do you think there’s too much of it on Twitter, or are you like me & revel in these invitations to connect?