Social Media Development – WeFollow Twitter

By March 16, 2009 Uncategorized No Comments

Twitter is undoubtedly the newest wonder in social media, and while most of the entry-level social networkers are obsessed with Facebook still, some of the more ‘in the know’ (or more likely some of those who have more ‘time on their hands’) have switched focus to Twitter.

I have spoken before about how I think that Twitter has its pro’s and con’s, so I won’t rehash that now, but instead I will look into what I think might be the pro’s and con’s of the newest Twitter affiliate – WeFollow.

This is a directory which will help you know who to follow on Twitter, depending on what you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in knowing the up to date news, it gives you a list of the news outlets that have a Twitter account.

While the left hand side has the main and most popular categories as well as the main accounts to follow in regards to each of them (based on followers naturally), the right hand menu also has a list, with other most popular tags. It also lists the top 100 Tweeters, with CNN at the number 1 spot right now.

You can easily join up to be included in the directory, and you will be listed if you have a competitively high number of followers.

Because there is no application requirements or censorship, as Twitter is wholely democratic, anyone can apply to be in any category, and you can make up any category. This could of course lead to lots of spam, or inappropriate advertising, however the ‘market forces’ inherent in Twitter aim to minimise the exposure of those accounts which people aren’t interested in.

So one pro is that it is a good evolutionary step into ordering the quite chaotic Twitter. Another pro is that it is democratic so it will be difficult to hijack.

I can’t even at this moment think of a con, which is strange, because even though it is quite undeveloped it is certainly a step in the right direction.

I wonder how Twitter feels about the new directory, seeing as though it is basically insinuating it doesn’t know how to organise its own data? Actually,  I am surprised Google didn’t get to this first…

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