...Thing is, if you don't think Twitter is useful or valuable, don't use it. Please don't care about it. It's really no skin off my ass. Those of us who use these tools aren't offended by your opinion. In truth, we just don't find your opinions all that interesting.
The strengths and weaknesses of Twitter and other social media tools are far more apparent to the people who use them than the people who don't, so you're not breaking any news to me when you tell me about their "flaws." Half the conversations on social media are various forms of bitching about social media tools.
And when we observe with wonder the mysterious things that occur because of these proliferating new tools, and probe their meanings and implications obsessively, by all means try to frame that as a discussion about editorial control and quality. The party didn't start when you noticed it. It didn't stop when you left. It doesn't care that you don't think it's a good party and that you and your friends want to go somewhere else. Knock yourselves out..--Me, from my comment on the Columbia Journalism Review blog thread "How Should Journalists Use Twitter?"
So, let's begin with the most obvious question:
A: Because it's almost 2009, dammit!
Here's that CJR post. in summary: "The New York Times wrote a story about how Twitter was used during the Mumbai attacks. How do you think we ought to relate to this as journalists?" Perfectly reasonable question, right? Which should mean that the people who leave pissed-off comments must be less than reasonable, right?
Wrong, and here's why: