I may be on to something…and then again, maybe not. Twitter launched in March of 2006 (I know, I didn’t hear about it until much later either), so let’s just say 3 years ago. Now, it took a while for it to gain popularity…let’s just say 1.5 – 2 years. Here’s my thought…I noticed a lot of talk about the economy struggling and talk of bailouts around the same time that Twitter was gaining popularity. There are many CEO’s and other high ranking company officials on Twitter. Twitter’s peak hours are around Noon, which everyone should be at work by then (using US time zones). The average age of everyone on Twitter is 37…which is working class age. What does this all mean to me? It means that quite possibly the downfall of the economy is due to the creation and popularity of Twitter and people Tweeting all day at work.
Is it possible that all of a company’s employees and officials are Tweeting all day long and avoiding real work. Is the reason the economy is failing at the moment due to companies not being as productive as they once were. I know of many people who do nothing at work all day and Tweet…I am not one of those people…but I do know plenty of them. I tracked an individual last week for a day using twitteranalyzer.com and they sent over 60 tweets during work hours. That may not seem like a lot, but if you take a minute to perfectly type each Tweet, and add on the time it takes to think of something creative to say, you have easily committed between 1-2 hours of time theft each work day…at least.
I guess it can also be said that an employee who wastes that much time all day on Twitter would find a way to waste just as much if Twitter did not exist, but that is a whole new topic in itself. All I’m saying is, this could all be possible. The downfall of society could all be caused by the spark that ignited the first Tweet. The connection just seems too coincidental to me…either way you can follow me on Twitter @FriskyOneill.