Not really, but kinda. If you spend time with Twitter you're either gonna love it or leave it. A huge percentage (as high as 43% in a recent poll) of…
Marketers and businesses can get an instant read on public sentiment and trending with Twitter today. But Twitter will not be able to hold onto this theoretical pot of gold if they do not figure out how to build a rainbow. And their efforts thus far, since coining the Tweet in 2006, have been pretty miserable.
Programs like TrueTwit and Auto-Responders and Auto-Follow-backers fill your inbox with sweet nothings. There are 02% real communications in my Twitter inbox. It's good they added a "mark all as read" option, because that's a nice way to clear your spam.
The good news, I can access Twitter from my phone no problems. So my phone still has the right address. Can I change the password from the mobile app? I don't think so. GRRR.
So looking through the little icons in the group of 100 I am about to unfollow, and seeing all the attractive women, the snappy logos, the identifiable brands in the tweetstream, I notice that unfollowing whole groups of them did not cause me to flinch. And you also get this unexpected benefit: the next time you are going on a Twitter research tour, you can REDISCOVER the tweeters you have unfollowed and you can follow them again.
Right here, just weeks before the announcement of the Texas Social Media Awards and the start of SXSW I've gone an unfollowed over 4k followees on Twitter. I am sure the affect on my followers will be quite dramatic as well. So here's why I did it.
I am sure I should be doing something else to get ready for Christmas. The stereo is crankin Them Crooked Vultures. The presents are either wrapped or on their way from Amazon to hit our porch today. (I read today that shopping online saves 35% in carbon resources over shopping at the mall.) I think the chores are done. We've got to get on with some Lunch soon, but for now I am content to rock out and do me some tweetin. Here's the eye catching sites that popped out at me on this very twitter-enhanced holiday.
But I guess that these are the people that will never create a bio and after 30 days will never come back. Even Oprah has fallen relatively silent. So what is becoming of Twitter? Land of the lurk? How odd that a "communication medium" in some circumstances, is becoming a communication platform, just like email or RSS, one way from celebrity/expert to followers.I believe it can be so much more.Respect the tweet, I say. Respect the tweet.
So folks, here is a tipping point. Twitter has removed a feature, "Based on usage patterns and feedback" that was far and away the most useful discovery process I had. Follow someone interesting and see who they are tweeting with. It's easy enough to click on the @ed person's profile to see what the rest of the conversation is about. But now you CAN'T.