Which Twitter are you using?

January 4, 2010

     We’re all on the same Twitter feed, aren’t we?  No, actually we each have our own customized feeds of those we choose to follow and I think we don’t realize how much these can differ. So is there really any such thing as a universal Twitter expert, guru, coach? Is there an Emily Post on Twitter that covers everyone? I don’t think so. You need to find and follow the people relevant to your particular community or communities. There are many different communities on twitter, and like communities anywhere they differ in customs and manners. Some people just endlessly tweet what they do all day, as so many people wrongly perceive Twitter is all about. Communities of online merchants see nothing wrong with talking about and promoting their offerings, public relations and marketing people see nothing wrong with endless self-examination of the effects of social medias on their fields. Charity fundraisers see nothing wrong with their endless appeals. Geeks chatter endlessly about the latest apps and gadgets, musicians connect and promote, writers network and chat. The list goes on and on.

     Some of the more well-known Twitter ‘personalities’ cross over many of these Twitterverses, but I’ve noticed lately a slightly schizophrenic tendency in their tweets and blogs as they try be universal to an increasingly diverse following. You can’t be all things to all people, as they say. And one set of rules of behavior won’t fit very different communities on Twitter. The way people use Twitter is their own affair, and shouldn’t be crammed down other’s throats like ‘the one true religion.’

     This is not to say there isn’t overlap, or that one is limited to one type of community. It’s my opinion one should broaden and connect with all types of people. I’m all over the place, and I think that has helped me realize how many different Twitters there are out there. And how different in intent and usage they are.

     Do you think there is some universal etiquette or set of customs applicable to everyone on Twitter?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Top 10 Strangest Top 10 Lists

December 26, 2009

This time of year we are deluged with Top 10 lists. Many are the predictable music, movies, celebrities, sports, news stories etc.  But there are the slightly more obscure and stranger Top 10 lists also. Here are my picks for 10 of the stranger ones!

Anyone Care About Celebrity Ghost Tweets Anymore?

August 27, 2009

tweetexorcistSeveral months ago, @amyjdean and I started a site called tweetexorcist.com. At the time there was a lot of outrage about celebrities hiring people to ghost tweet for them, in particular Guy Kawasaki. Our site got a lot of attention for a while, we have polls on various celebs in different fields, and there was a lot of speculation about who was and who wasn’t using ghost tweeters. But lately the interest in this subject seems to have dropped off the map, and I’m curious why.

One factor that has changed is Twitter adding verified accounts. This doesn’t really preclude somebody ghost tweeting on it, though. Does this mean people are more concerned that it’s a real celebrity account and don’t really care whether  the celebrity is actually doing the  tweeting? Have we become so used to the phoniness of celebrity culture that all that matters is the appearance and not the substance of anything concerning them?

Another issue is the increasing tendency of  journalists to quote tweets as part of their news coverage. Do they verify that the person typing the tweet is the actual person the account is registered to? I tend to think not. And if journalists don’t care about verifying their sources, why should we expect anyone else to?

I’d really like to hear from some of you on this. Do you care who’s really tweeting on the accounts you follow on twitter? Does any of this really matter to you?