Speaking of social, bad news (and some good) for Twitter

Subject: Speaking of social, bad news (and some good) for Twitter
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2009 07:21:40 -0400


Interesting that Twitter, like most e-mail discussion groups, is
dominated by a few voices, with the majority being passive receivers
of information. That's probably good news if we want to use it to
"push" information to our audience, though writing that information in
140-character chunks might prove challenging*. On the other hand, the
high rate of people who don't return is discouraging. As in other
forms of communication, we have to give them a good reason to return.

* Unless you recall the famous Burma-Shave ads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma_shave
) and can write them in your sleep:
Twitter isn't just for twits
It's also good for pushing bits
Unlike Web sites, far more hits

What? You say that social networking isn't a magic bullet? Pshaw! <g>

Geoff Hart (www.geoff-hart.com)
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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