Killing Twitter

by internetmarketer99 10 replies
Where will Twitter be a year from now? My guess is, relegated to the backwaters with all those "great ideas" that were beaten into the ground with spam.

One IM'er that I follow - whom I respect & admire - is just waaaaaay over-doing it selling on Twitter. Lots of tweets, most of them essentially just sales pitches of one type or another. I can imagine this becoming "SOP" for IM'ers.

Already there are the "how to take advantage of Twitter for marketing" guides, etc. And Twitter doesn't have the community or goodwill that keeps Craigslist from drowning.

The problem, I fear, is that this will become more and more common, until the 'noise' simply makes Twitter less & less useful or attractive.

Sure, I can pick and choose who I follow, but that's not the point. The point is that it's looking more and more like so many other things that IM'ers will abuse to the point of uselessness, if not killing it entirely, at least for the IM community.

Ok, back down off my soapbox... :<0

Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    They put no-follow on author bios now so it should slow a few people down.

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    • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
      They also just stopped sending updates free by SMS in certain countries.

      They reckoned it was costing them $1000 per year per subscriber!

      That has gone down like a dose of salts with users from those countries, notably Australia and Britain.

      I've always had the feeling it was one of those businesses that costs a fortune to run but doesn't make any money. We'll see.

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      • Thanks for that, James - I wasn't aware.

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        They reckoned it was costing them $1000 per year per subscriber!
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        Holy Moly! That would sure piss me off. As for their business model, I agree.

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        • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
          I guess the business model is to build a platform that gets zillions of users and keep it running until someone with deep pockets comes along and snaps you up or puts together some kind of deal to put their stuff on your pages (eg ads).

          Somebody posted on here yesterday that Google paid the Firefox guys zillions ($57 million springs to mind) dollars to have Google set as the default search engine in Firefox.

          So there is mileage in the model. It's all a bit unpredictable and risky though.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alice Seba
    Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

    ...The problem, I fear, is that this will become more and more common, until the 'noise' simply makes Twitter less & less useful or attractive.

    Sure, I can pick and choose who I follow, but that's not the point. The point is that it's looking more and more like so many other things that IM'ers will abuse to the point of uselessness, if not killing it entirely, at least for the IM community.

    Ok, back down off my soapbox... :<0

    Mark
    You're answer is there. You're following the wrong people if you think it's heading that way. At the time of this post, I am following 947 - mostly Internet Marketers and I see no such noise.

    Besides, there are thousands upon thousands of other people using Twitter. It's hardly been taken over by Internet marketers. Just look at the public timeline:

    Twitter / Public Timeline

    ...nothing is being killed here.

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    • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
      Grea point Alice - some of my favorite twitter posters have turned out to be people who I was not previously exposed to through email lists, blogs, etc...I've learned some great stuff and formed a few solid JV's through people I've met on twitter.

      So far, I'm happy - and there's always the single button click that can deal with twammers (my word for twitter spammers) in a hurry.

      You're also correct that the twitter community is MUCh bigger than we realize as IM'ers. I've uncovered names to follow through research and article links in completely different market niches...great for passive market research as well :-)

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    • Originally Posted by Alice Seba View Post

      You're answer is there. You're following the wrong people if you think it's heading that way. At the time of this post, I am following 947 - mostly Internet Marketers and I see no such noise.

      Besides, there are thousands upon thousands of other people using Twitter. It's hardly been taken over by Internet marketers. Just look at the public timeline:

      Twitter / Public Timeline

      ...nothing is being killed here.

      Alice
      I'll accept that Alice. Perhaps I am simply seeing a skewed cross-section. That said, the one's I've watched are the "vocal minority" that have a lot of influence in terms of their practices.

      Time will tell.

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