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Is microblogging making us a noisy, ignorable bunch?

So, I’m saying this in the context of a few things, and when I say microblogging, I’m pretty much referring to Twitter, but I’m sure it could be extended to some extent to Facebook, Buzz, Foursquare, etc.

Firstly, Leo Laporte’s post late last week, waving goodbye to Google Buzz and lowering his use of Twitter to go back to his blog; the place where people go specifically to read about Leo.

It makes me feel like everything I’ve posted over the past four years on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce, and, yes, Google Buzz, has been an immense waste of time. I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves.

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April Fools 2010: A tech roundup

I think it’s safe to say that for me, April Fools day is purely about what tech sites / companies will do to try and entertain us geeks. I sure spent some time yesterday chuckling away at most people’s efforts, and in some cases being completely underwhelmed [but overhyped] , but god damn, it was a pleasant change from the other gazillion articles I saw yesterday; watered-down, I-want-to-have-iPad-babies reviews from Pogue, Mossberg and co.

ANYWAY, back to matters at hand after that impromptu rant, below is a list of some of the stuff I saw yesterday that I thought was pretty cool.

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TechCrunch and Foursquare co-founder fail

Ah, TechCrunch. Always getting abuse from @leolaporte, but I still love it. Today, however, you have failed.

MG Siegler’s post, titled Foursquare’s New Site Design Starts To Roll Live As Gossip Girl Pays Homage, had this doozy of a quote!

Something else interesting from tonight: apparently the concept of “checking-in” made its onscreen debut on the popular TV show Gossip Girl. Co-founder Dennis Crowley noted the move and tweeted out a picture of it captured from the show. While there is no specific mention of Foursquare, it’s pretty obvious what they’re paying homage to.

*cough* It may come as a surprise to MG and co-founder of Foursquare, Dennis Crowley, but actually, the concept of “checking-in” was not started by Foursquare. The reference was actually an sms by a private investigator to a character letting them know that someone had checked in to a hotel -_-

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How do I know this? Yes, fine, I watch the show >.<

UPDATE:

Ugh, uber lame, MG updated his post with a couple of edits that cover his ass and make Crowley look like the one who’s making all the assumptions. He didn’t mention that he made said edits, of course. Meh.

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