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Published:August 18th, 2009 16:55 EST
Are Most Twitter Messages "Pointless Babble"?

Are Most Twitter Messages "Pointless Babble"?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Forty percent of the messages on Twitter are `pointless babble` along the lines of `I am eating a sandwich now,` according to a study conducted by a US market research firm.

Pear Analytics, based in San Antonio, Texas, said that it randomly sampled 2,000 messages from the public stream of Twitter and separated them into six categories.

The categories were: news, spam, self-promotion, pointless babble, conversational and pass-along value."
The results of this study are highly subjective, what is "pointless babble" to some may be valuable information to others. If Lindsay Lohan tweets "I am eating a watermelon now", I imagine the pop tart munching on a slice of watermelon, with the juice dripping down her chin and finding its way all the way down to her navel. That`s important information with pass-along value.

High-brows who don`t agree with me, don`t have to follow Lohan and be subjected to her insightful observations. They can follow Stephen Hawking, and read his tweets about baby universes and black holes.

Not everybody has the talent or inclination to write the Great American Novel. Most of us only have time to send tweets read by our friends and family. If a Mom tweets "My baby just farted for the first time", it might be"`pointless babble" to most of the world, but it will be thrilling info to her grandma.

I use Twitter to send links of my articles to my few followers, but I don`t consider myself superior to a friend who tweets: Dudes, I just won $10 on the lottery.

Dear readers: Don`t be intimidated, and continue to send your "pointless babble" tweets.