Half of All Tweets Are 'Babble'

The dawn of Twitter augurs a new age, an age where everyone is connected, exchanging vital information faster than ever before, and...navel-gazing? A study conducted by a market research firm found that 40 percent of all tweets are "pointless babble" of the "I'm eating a sandwich variety," the BBC reports. The firm divided tweets into six categories: "news, spam, self-promotion, pointless babble, conversational and those with pass-along value." Researchers deemed a mere 8.7 percent worthy of being passed along. The study will be conducted again next quarter to see if Twitterers have started putting their social networking tool of choice to more noble use.