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Putting The Social In Social Media

Hey, application developers – I’d like you to build me a site that lets me type in my Twitter username and then scans my entire network, ranking users by:

A. How often I’d sent them a message, against
B. How often they’d sent one to me

This app would also let me choose my ‘antisocial number’, which would be a ratio of these numbers that established a breaking point. If A > B by more than, say, fifty per cent, then we really need to think about seeing other people.

And if A-B = A, then you’re dumped.

Here’s the thing: there are really busy people out there who are really good at this social media thing. Chris Brogan, Robert Scoble, Louis Gray, Jack Schofield – in all honesty, it surprises me how many make a genuine effort.

At the same time, there are many who are not, such as you, you and you. In all honesty, it saddens me that you still see this as little more than an opportunity to share a message.

And I’m not talking about genuine, bonafide celebrities. Those folk actually are busy. Twitter is a soapbox to them. Yeah, they’re doing it all wrong, but there’s nothing you or I can say that will make a lick of difference, as they’re not even listening.

And it’s not about time, either. I’m busy, you’re busy – everybody is busy. If you want to make the effort, you’ll make the time.

It’s about courtesy. Nobody can respond to every message – nor should they have to – but if somebody sends you a decent, intelligent and legitimate question or enquiry, then please: do the right thing and answer it. Particularly if it’s within a field in which you repeatedly tout yourself as a guru. Take the next step forward, and put the social in social media.

Otherwise it’s just media, and believe me: nobody wants that anymore.

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CHART: @iJustine’s Plateau Reveals The True Benefits Of Being On The Twitter Suggested User List

Last night I was involved in a fascinating discussion with Robert Scoble and others on Friendfeed about the merits of Twitter’s controversial suggested users list (SUL).

Robert, who has never been on the SUL, shared his hypothesis that the people on the SUL have an inflated follow count that they cannot replicate on other social networks (Friendfeed, Facebook, etc). He used tech guru Tim O’Reilly as an example. Ultimately, O’Reilly arrived and participated in the debate. I encourage you to read the full thread on Friendfeed.

Why does being on the SUL matter? Predominately, it affords the lucky few a huge advantage in building the numbers of followers in their network. At the beginning of March, Tim O’Reilly had just over 40,000 followers on Twitter.

Check out his chart over the past three months:


For comparative purposes, check out Robert Scoble’s chart for this same period. At the beginning of March, Robert had about 67,000 followers.


The different here is considerable. Scoble had seen an increase in his follower count of about 23,000 – some 32 per cent. Over the same period, O’Reilly has gained about half a million followers, an increase of almost 400 per cent.

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Why Replies On Twitter Are Far More Damaging Than Direct Messages

The direct message system on Twitter is only two-way if both parties are following each other. If you’re following somebody and they’re not following you back, they can send you a direct message, but you can’t reply using the same method. Not only is this poor etiquette on their part, but it’s a really stupid idea from Twitter.

Where’s the logic? Is it meant to protect us? If you’re following somebody and they’re spamming you with direct message after direct message, you can unfollow them. You can block them. They’re no longer an issue, because the direct message facility has been removed from their power.

It’s not so with @replies. Anyone can @reply anybody else at any time, whether they’re following you or not. In light of the policy regarding DMs, how does this make sense?

  1. @replies go into the public stream, and are visible by everybody (you can read any user’s @replies by going to Twitter search and entering @username, i.e., @stephenfry).
  2. Even if you block somebody, they can still @reply you. And while those replies won’t appear in your timeline, they will become part of the stream.

Meantime, direct messages are private: they can only be seen by the recipient. It doesn’t add up.

The potential for abuse here is enormous. It’s so big, in fact, that I’m not only surprised we haven’t seen a major event already, but that one doesn’t take place on a daily basis.

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