The “free ride” we’re getting can’t last forever. Web users can’t expect to get 100% of all content free forever, otherwise certain types of content will eventually dry up. So I think outrage about what Scoble is doing is misplaced.
So far I’ve found Twitter useful for keeping in touch, for getting quick questions answered, and for announcing new blog posts. I check in a couple of times a day if I’m at my computer. Here are my personal Twitter rules so far:
Years ago when I first joined Linkedin I started receiving connection requests from people I’d never met before. Some were recruiters, some were fellow IT management consultants, and some were people I would probably never meet in a million years.
I’ve been getting an increasing number of requests lately from friends and colleagues to explain or help with inividual blogging and professional networking practices. To help I’ve tagged a few of the entries on this web site with the category tag “basics.”
In Five Challenges Government Faces When Adopting Web 2.0 I wrote about the need to consider the cost impact on the organization of hiring additional “community managers” to support the addition of social media and social networking to overall customer support operations:
Command Line continues a tradition of intelligent, literate, and thoughtful interviews with his October 1, 2008 interview with Evan Prodromou of Control Yourself. The interview provides insight into the related topics of open source software commercialization, and the possible “federated” nature of post-Twitter micro-blogging.
In Finally! Relevant Applications for YouTube and Twitter in the Enterprise! Jim MacLennan suggests some interesting ideas about using Twitter and YouTube in the context of an industrial manufacturing operation.
Today we use the web in many ways. Traditional web sites — “places we go” on the web to do things — still exist. But increasingly, web based transactions also depend on the nature of our online relationships with other people.
One year ago I published Balkanization of the Web - or Just Better Focus? There I expressed concern that the proliferation of specialized search engines — and the indexing to support them — would lead to a more fragmented web. I thought that gaining the benefits of specialization could ultimately reduce the benefits we experience from the nearly universal access to web based contents that we’ve been taking for granted.
While walking the dog this morning I listened to the Scientific American Science Talk podcast for September 26 where psychologist Robert Epstein talked about being fooled by one of the many automated “chatterbots” that exist on the Web as artificial intelligence demonstrators. The interview made me think about Twitter and the disjointed nature of some of the “conversations” one can follow online via that service.
In Did social media tools let us down? Susan Scrupski mentions the recent Wired article reviewing the need for better emergency announcement systems, based on observations of what happened at Virginia Tech.
Members of the Social Media Collective are blogging about Twitter. To see what I mean, go to the Collective’s front page and search for “twitter” or use this Social Media Collective Search Engine I set up using Google’s custom search service. (I’ve already blogged about the topic here.)
This Twitter discussion got me to thinking about the decisions we make about connecting with others during the day.
I’ve used Twitter sporadically for the past few months, ever since I was invited by Chris Brogan to join. I don’t use it religiously. I can’t imagine that folks care whether I’m working in my office or waiting for the stove repair guy to arrive.