Are ‘Tweetstorms’ Abusive?

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A “tweetstorm” is the term used to describe a barrage of tweets that begin with “1/” and end with however many numbers it takes to get one’s point(s) across on Twitter. BuzzFeed writer Charlie Warzel attributes the trend to investor and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, and says it “must be stopped.”

A tweetstorm™ will often start with a profound thought or open-ended question of some sort as a wind-up. The “1/” serves as the readers’ only early warning, which one can read as a Jim Carrey-esque inhale before delivering a breathless rant.

In mere months, tweetstorms™ have become one of Tech Twitter’s greatest scourges, not for their insights (which can be valuable), but for their ability to clog a timeline at a moment’s notice — a phenomenon entrepreneur Anil Dash described to BuzzFeed as “timeline colonialism.”

Reactions to tweetstorms, and Warzel’s article, are mixed. Like Warzel, some believe tweetstorms are timeline rants best relegated to a blog post, that they are inconsiderate and perhaps even abusive towards one’s Twitter followers. Others say Warzel doesn’t get it. Here is the initial buzz around Warzel’s argument:

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What do you think? Are tweetstorms poised to destroy the platform’s sanity?

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