NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- We have a new phenomenon on Twitter during live interview events. People breathlessly repeat any words that sound somewhat deep or semi-interesting. This was in full force on Tuesday during Facebook (FB - Get Report) CEO Mark Zuckerberg's talk at TechCrunch Disrupt.
I happened to be away from a TV at the time, although I watched it later on CNBC's Fast Money. Instead, I followed the interview with Mike Arrington on my phone. Any comment from Zuckerberg got tweeted out by about a dozen people I follow on Twitter who happened to either be at the interview or watching it.
"We lost 2 years on HTML5"
"We lost 2 years on HTML5""We lost 2 years on HTML5" And so on. If only Twitter had figured out a way to insert a "Promoted Tweet" in the midst of these dozen tweets in my stream about failed native mobile app Web development, I'm sure I would have fat fingered that one. Twitter is great for "breaking news" like yesterday's comments, but not for analysis. How can you analyze what Zuckerberg is saying, if your mind is solely focused on remembering word-for-word what he just said and then hen-peck typing it back into your device, so you can inform your friends for the umpteenth time? And the analysis on TV was also kneejerk. I watched a couple of folks comment 10 minutes into a 30-minute speech about how Zuck was doing. "He's saying everything that investors want to hear," said Henry Blodget of Business Insider. Really? Ten minutes into the interview? I guess Henry was right because the stock was moving up on the comments. I know that because at least 20 people on my stream commented that Zuckerberg created $4.5 billion in value over the course of his 30-minute talk. But this is the world we live in now, brought to you by Mark Zuckerberg, among others. Instant analysis. Instant buying and selling. Often based on no more than a few comments here or there without follow-up.
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