More about Facebook and Twitter

Judy Gombita of PR Conversations tried to leave a comment on my recent post about the (apparently exaggerated) decline of Facebook, but her comment was rejected due to its plethora of links. So, she emailed the comment to me, and I thought it was worthy of its very own post. Here it is. (As a caution to commenters, the WordPress comment function on this blog isn’t very link-friendly, so please keep that in mind when posting. Just post the URL instead of trying to insert html code, and you should be fine.)

Hey Andrew, I agree with you that the kool-aid crowd has moved on to Twitter, but whether it will ever reach the critical mass/numbers (worldwide) of Facebook, I’m highly doubtful.

The bright shiny new toys crowd (BSNTC) tend to be very loud and adamant at the front end about how useful and necessary is the tool/platform/channel, but they are also the first to be fickle and move on. Twelve to 18 months ago everyone was telling me that I *had* to be exploring Second Life, because my organization would *have* to have a presence in there or risk being left behind by the competition.

I held fast.

For the last six to 12 months I’ve been rejecting “be my FB friend” requests. The BSNTC is always amazed that I haven’t sent up a profile in FB. Of course they are now yawning in boredom about how “so 2007” it is and complaining about FB’s numerous applications (you know, the ones they happily installed), the Beacon fiasco, etc.

Yep, the main problem with FB is that it *isn’t* as fast and easy and valuable and fun as Twitter! (At least for the next two to three months…after that they will move on to the next BSNT….)

I haven’t rejected the concept of micro-blogging wholesale (although I doubt the current iteration of Twitter will prove to be the killer app). It just hasn’t proven itself for (my) business direction/needs as yet. (And I have a real office water cooler, so don’t feel the need of an online one.)

FYI, I keep my eye out for relevant articles (and not always negative ones!) and send them on to my University of Georgia “blogging prof” and unabashd Twitter champion pal, Karen Miller. See how she is incorporating Twitter into her class assignments and building up a nice little list of resources for her students. FYI, I sent her these two:

How Individuals Use Twitter, Peter Kim

17 Ways to Use Twitter

(When I sent this second one, I actually put in the Subject line: OK, this makes sense)

On a side note, I think there would be a greater acceptance and use for Twitter if the BSNTC didn’t try so hard (and often) to be “clever” on Twitter. Or so obviously cliquey. Not to mention the excruciating amount of details about their food intake and travel plans and the “good mornings” and “good nights Twitterati.” It’s that kind of behaviour that earns the phrase “overactive tweets.” (Credit to Jenn Mattern for that one.)

My Twitter and Facebook activity has been pretty light lately. Likewise with this blog. A combination of work craziness and some under-the-weatherness has contributed to my malaise. Maybe next week I’ll get back into the social networking groove.

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Facebook fading, but what will be next?

hatebook.gifYes, professor, we know that Facebook is passe (via Wired Campus). Missouri S&T students were telling me that the minute Zuckerberg opened it up to the barbarians at the gates and started slingin’ all those apps at them.

But as the hordes leave Facebook, the question is:

What will take its place?

Will 2008 be the year of Twitter? Could the twits usher in an era of world peace via microblogging? (Yes, Judy, I know you’re not buying any of it.)

Or maybe it’s time for the backlash — the revenge of the anti-social network. Anyone signed up for Hatebook yet?

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With Bhutto assassination, Twitter comes of age

With the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Twitter has gained some credibility as a useful medium, says ZDNet. Dennis Howlett commented on Dec. 27, the day of Bhutto’s assassination, that “If anyone needed convincing of Twitter’s business utility, today is that day.”

Microblogging a la Twitter could be a credible way to share breaking news and information quickly, globally and telegraphically.

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The Guardian’s pick for hot websites in 2008

From The Guardian’s tech correspondent Bobbie Johnson: Facebook is so last year – welcome to the hit websites of 2008. Twitter makes the cut, as does Seesmic. But the one that I find most fascinating is Moshi Monsters, a social networking site for kids that allows the little monsters to adopt little monsters of their own.

As Johnson explains, quoting Mike Butcher, the editor of startup news website Techcrunch UK, “Moshi Monsters is ‘Tamagotchi meets Facebook for 7-12 year olds, but with education thrown in.’ … Players ‘adopt’ a monster by buying a small charm which gives them an access code to the website. They then pick their monster, and look after them by solving regular puzzles.”


The monsters kind of look like something straight out of the mind of Maurice Sendak. Maybe that’s why I want to adopt one.

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Creating a Missouri S&T outpost on Twitter

As part of the University of Missouri-Rolla’s fast-approaching name change to Missouri University of Science and Technology, we’ve been trying to get the new name out into the social mediasphere. We’ve done this in a couple of ways:

We’ve created a Missouri S&T outpost on Twitter just to see if any alumni or students who use Twitter will join us. We plan to offer news updates from time to time on Twitter, if there is a demand for the service.

Also, we’ve created a Missouri S&T photo-sharing site on Flickr. There, people may view and download images from campus. That isn’t anything new, as several colleges and universities do the same thing.

After Jan. 1, we’ll probably be doing more with social media. Any ideas? I’d love to hear from you. Just don’t ask me to create an island in Second Life.

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Tweeterboard analyzes Twitter conversations

Discovered via a Steve Rubel Tweet: Tweeterboard, an analytics tool for Twitter users.

Tweeterboard is a way of looking at who is influential on Twitter based on their conversations with other Twitter users. There are other services, like Twitterposter, that base influence on how many followers you have. Tweeterboard looks at who talks to you.

Tweeterboard also captures links posted to Twitter to generate a list of the most popular links.

Twitter users have to sign up by becoming a Tweeterboard follower.

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