Tweet If You Twitter
I’m quite stunned this morning. In the past 24 hours, the blog that doesn’t cover twitter has dropped two articles about the micro blogging service. Back to back no less!
The second post about twitter came later concerning the supposed list for new people to follow. Even Robert Scoble the twitter and FriendFeed maniac has to disagree with this introduction list. I left a comment on the post, as I am in agreement, the list is a terrible idea. Or at least the list that twitter presented is terrible.
Twitter needs to realize that people that are new to twitter need to be introduced to a cross section of people. Not just the self professed look at me tweeters. People that actually broaden the service with not only re-tweets of other cool tweets, self promotion of their blog/service/themselves – but – they need to be exposed to people that actually use the “@” and engage in conversation.
Without conversation or the introduction of conversational twitter to the new people, they will join the service and follow the list and soon get bored. I mean seriously, do you really want to watch a self admiration session over and over and over and over again? Some people have already chimed in to my comment and think that this should all be taken to a chat room.
Now while @kopper has a valid point about chat rooms, some times chat rooms are just not convenient or accessible. This is true especially if you are mobile. Much easier to tweet where you are and what you are doing. You can receive instant feedback on a picture or a comment and follow up instantly or engage in a quick conversation.
You can’t do that with a chat room. While the initial point of twitter – “What are you doing?“, change has already occurred.
As with any startup, where you start out is not always where you end up. That is the fact of any good startup, attack, adjust, and keep moving forward. While this initial list is probably a good idea as an introduction, let’s just hope that once people realize that listening to the self promotion is one part of twitter, there is still a whole conversational layer brewing if you learn to dig deeper.
Time will tell if the list was a good idea or not. What do you think of this new twitter list full of self promotion junkies?
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