There is a great story running at the moment in the UK about Twitter, the social networking site that allows you to post 140 character messages.
It seems the recently re-launched getting your updates via text as long as you use vodafone. But this has back fired with lots of people getting hundreds of texts. People say it's making their phones unusable.
Even when you try to cancel the service you end up getting many repeating messages saying you wont be getting any more texts.
Why anyone would voluntarily sign up for text messages of any kind is beyond me. I guard my text reception like I guard my social security number. I even hate it when I get a text from my phone service. I feel it is a violation of privacy. But then, that's just my opinion. Others may disagree totally.
I still don't get the whole mania about Twitter, on a basic level if I want to know what is going on with people I call them on the phone. No time, email? If I want to read up on people, blogs. I don't see why I need someone's current geophysical location streamed to me.
I'm with you michael - I don't get the twitter mania, nor the facebook thing (I have lots of people pushing me to join).
Rich - the only "auto texting" I've requested is for the mass transit up here in Boston. I have found it a great help to have a warning when commuter trains are off schedule during peak hours - especially since the track-side signs/announcements are rarely accurate. The system allows me choose which line to 'subscribe' to and unless there is really an issue going on, it's usually no more than one or two messages a day so I don't feel overrun.