Posts tagged ‘Twitter’
May 6th, 2013
I’ve been noticing a prompt at the top of my Twitter page on Twitter.com lately – a black box with a message to reconnect with someone.
This is new. It made me think of how Facebook prompts me with “What’s on your mind?” in the open post field. As if still, after all these years, I don’t know what to put into that blank field at the top of my Facebook page.
These Twitter prompts, however, mention a person and are much more specific than the “Compose a tweet” instruction in the open field on my Twitter page.
I can’t figure out the rhyme or reason for these prompts and the people Twitter is prompting me to greet with a tweet. They all seem to be people with whom I may have interacted with in the distant past (but don’t recall) and clearly haven’t interacted with in a long time. For a moment, I wondered if these were ads like Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts – a new way to get attention on Twitter although I’m pretty sure now that they are not.
There doesn’t seem to be any strategic value in these prompts, or is there? I see that @carollambert is a classical oil painter in Anchorage, Alaska. Maybe if I were in the market for a painting or had recently tweeted about art or painting, this prompt would make sense.
Another person Twitter nudged me to say “hi” to recently was @animated_me, an Online Services and Instruction Librarian in San Diego, California. Again, I hadn’t recently tweeted about libraries, librarians or even books other than maybe my own books.
Perhaps Twitter is just trying to be friendly or to remind me to be friendly, even to the Twitterfriends with whom I haven’t interacted in a long, long time. Like a good host, Twitter is saying “hey, you seem to know this person since you are following each other. Why not take a moment and say hello.”
Hi @carollambert! Hi @animated_me. Our mutual friend Twitter thought I should say hello. What’s new?
If you are in the market for oil paintings, check out @carollambert. If you are interested in education technology, see @animated_me. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t what Twitter had in mind, but what the heck.
What do YOU think Twitter is trying to do with these prompts?
June 21st, 2012
I’ve been using Twitter since March 2007, and I have to admit that when I first checked it out, I couldn’t fathom anyone wanting to report on what they were doing any given day. That year, in one of my university lectures about online marketing, I even joked about not being sure how much the conversations about what people were eating or when they went to the bathroom (yes, the infamous “I’m in the bathroom” tweets) would be of value to anyone.
Fast forward a year to 2008, and I was expounding on how Twitter was a communications game changer. The times, how they change. The main points of the article was how Twitter was:
- Reinventing the threaded messaging board.
- Spawning imitators.
- Becoming an “add-on” for other tools.
- Transforming internal company communications.
- Forcing us to do more with less.
- 6. Affecting the way we blog.
- Influencing our communications style.
- Expanding it’s usefulness.
May 18th, 2012
I must preface this explanation of an online scam by saying this: I’ve been online since 1987, and until yesterday, I had never fallen for an online scam. I’m mentioning this because any of us can fall prey to the constantly evolving methods of online scamming that occur, even those of us with decades of Internet experience and those of us who are in the business of helping others avoid online scams.
Now on with the scam that snagged me this week.
I love Twitter. I trust Twitter. This is relevant because I was accessing Twitter via an iPod Touch and at the log-in screen, I was invited to take a quick survey for a prize. Wow. How cool!
So I responded to three quick, innocuous multiple choice questions.
Then I got to choose a prize. WOW. A MacBook Air? No way! OK, Twitter is awesome. Of course they would offer incredibly awesome gifts.