Voyeurism in Twitter Beats Participation

By February 11, 2009 Social Media No Comments

OK, I finally cracked and got myself set up on Twitter. Obviously, if you check that link you will see that by set up I mean registered and nothing more.

I was never very interested in Twitter, but over the last week or so I have been seeing the word ‘Twitter’ everywhere! Whether it is the Prime Ministers Twitter account or the use of Twitter to find out what was happening with the fires in Victoria or the snow in the UK, Twitter has turned into a massive ‘ground roots’ news venue.

But still my account remains unadorned, with no update from me, and not many follows going on (KRudd my first and only). I see no point in updating my own account – I have nothing interesting to say – my Facebook update alone says stupid things like “Tracy is thinking about making pie”. Useless to everyone, and a waste of net-space you might say.

A slightly more useful feature of Twitter is the search. Do a Twitter Search and you can find out what the every day man thinks on a range of topics:

Valentines Day – “saweeet: trying to figure out what I will be doing for “singles awareness day“. That’s valentines day for all you uninformed couples out there.”

Israel – “AlekzS: Israel‘s elections are over, but the negotiations are on”

Twitter is not exempt from spam, with many ads appearing in the listings. For example, if you type in one of the most commercial terms, and my all time favourite for tests like this – insurance:

EZHealthPlans: We have helped 1000s of unemployed Californians get affordable medical insurance… We’re cheaper than COBRA! www.EZHealthPlans.com

As Twitter becomes more and more popular, they are going to have to figure out a way to separate the commercial from the personal, if it is to survive as a social networking forum.

Companies and individuals could benefit, however, from being able to search business names in Twitter. For example, here’s what happened when I typed in NRMA…
oysta: @gga please don’t get me started again on a certain NRMA ad which I will nominate as Exhibit A and rest my case.
oysta: is delighting in the fact that there seems to be a simmering malcontent with the NRMA ‘unworry’ ads on numerous blogs
mmanning13: Still waiting on NRMA for a new car battery :(
drunkenmadman: NRMA guy has no idea what the problem is.

Oh I could go on for a while, there is tonnes on NRMA. So next time you are thinking of a new product or service, it might be worth checking Twitter to see what others think of them? (Just remember, you usually hear more about the problems than the success stories, or times when things went off without a hitch.)

In conclusion, here’s a cute little Twitter Joke.

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