Controversially

I think twitter is not a part of the social media revolution: well it has its place – for bloggers and ‘early adopters/geeks’ but I believe that the stilted conversation will forever condemn it. When  the conversation is not stilted, it is a monologue – and that is not social media.

6 responses

  1. You’re ignoring its real value – immediacy. |t encourages almost real-time conversation. That makes it beneficial, not a navel gazing web2.0 obsession.

  2. I am more than happy to be proved wrong.
    Justin, good points… and you are right, if you have the right network of people to have that conversation – and they use Twitter in the same way you do – then it gives you a reach into a wider audience. However, I believe that you have to spend quite some time building up the relationship before you get a conversation of value. And there are other ways.
    Jeremy, first sentence yes OK – there is value in that (so long as you have the right network of people to have that discussion with) – last sentence – you lost me (sorry!)

  3. @ Mulqueeny ‘…quite some time building up the relationship…’

    Yes I agree you do – the growth of most of the tools we use is organic, and as you suggest there are other ways of building the conversation.

    I think this highlights that many of the tools we consider using need to be part of an integrated campaign. Approaches from the days of Communcations 1.0 still apply.

  4. It’s not the Twitter concept that’s flawed – it’s the implementation. Clunky navigation, and so so painful to try and build up networks – fishing through those tiny faces, trying to decipher who’s who: the culture of “SplogBoy007” et al does not sit easily I’m afraid with the construction of real-world-relevant networking… And then let’s add the general flakiness and unreliability, and the fact that some things (like text updates) either don’t work at all (for me in any case, or else I got something wrong in setting it up) – and at the last look in the mirror I wasn’t totally stupid – and you have a nice idea heading inexorably for the knackers yard.

  5. You are right, Paul. The other point is that although I might admire a blogger for their opinions on one particular subject – if I follow them on Twitter I get to read their random thought on everything – and that undermines their brand (and I start to ignore everything that they say). VERY aware that I do this on Facebook, but my Facebook ‘friends’ are different to those I have on Twitter and I like to think that I am as open on FB as I am in real life. Twitter feels too unreal…

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