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Not All User Generated Content Forms Social Networks

twitter-addictsGreat post on the O’Reilly site on how “Twitter is Not a Conversational Platform“.  It made a number of points that resonated with me:

  • I can count on one hand the number of people that I have “met” via Twitter.  In fact, it might be zero.  I haven’t thought of one yet, but I am not saying unequivocably.
  • I suspect that this has increased since Twitter made the decision to cut down on feed spam and stop showing @replies.  Now, your ability to serendipitously discover new Twitter users has decreased dramatically.  At least, with the new Facebook, I am reading comments by people I don’t know and get to know them a bit vicariously.
  • The nature of how information is shared, but relationships are not really built is certainly true, and it made me want to go read Clay’s book.  Twitter is rarely building shared experiences.  In the same way, while Cogmap allows people to “collaborate” on charts, there tends to be little actual collaboration, much like Wikipedia.  The result is a site with lots of fans, but not a lot of community.

Interesting to think about how to drive truly shared experiences in a way that constructively builds community.

One Response to “Not All User Generated Content Forms Social Networks”

  1. Andrew Spangler Says:

    I agree. I don’t see Twitter as much of a pure conversational platform but more like a 24hr press conference or an app that facilitates two-way cult followings. I do like the exchanges when someone posts a question or statement and followups go to a # tag (#threadless, #crushit, #Iranelection, come to mind today). Not so much a conversation but interesting realtime feeds that give a sense of a larger passionate community. All and all it’s a good tool to help facilitate conversation and community by acting as an extension of a blog, forum, or social network. (funny cartoon)