We care about technology-enhanced human systems. So we thought we would share regular thoughts and opinions about why we think they matter so much.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a twitterer or read blogs of people who are youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll almost certainly have come across posts where people try and explain why theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on it, what they get from it, how they interact with it and suggestions as to how you might benefit similarly. Of course the beauty of any Ã¢â‚¬Å“establishedÃ¢â‚¬Â or emerging social media platform is that Ã¢â‚¬Å“whatever works for you is great Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, then thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fine tooÃ¢â‚¬Â. But one thing I find odd is the number of people who look to remove people who havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tweeted in a while (there are of course tools to see who from those youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Ã¢â‚¬Å“followingÃ¢â‚¬Â havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tweeted in a while so you can conduct your cull with ease) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m quite the opposite. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d describe myself as quite a picky Ã¢â‚¬Å“followerÃ¢â‚¬Â in that whilst others seem to try and build as big a following as possible through following as many as possible (not sure if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ego fueled or what - certainly I can't keep abreast of nearly 200 people), I generally, on coming across a new person (more often than not after theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve followed me Ã¢â‚¬â€œ more often than not just clearly just to get the follow back), I look at their profile and previous tweets to see if it looks like they have interesting things to say or a relevancy to my interests. If they are too busy or feel theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not got anything they want to tweet about then thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fine Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think that makes them any less worthy of my attention should they come back online at some later point. In my experience it often makes the comments they make when coming back on-tweet more considered &/or interesting What I do stop following people for though is when they just flood you with Ã¢â‚¬Å“tweetsÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ because for me Web2.0, of which Twitter is very much a now established part of the stable, is about facilitating conversation & engagement. It is not about being another broadcast medium Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the mechanism of shouting your message(s) hoping something sticks. I completely concede the beauty of the medium is that each person can find what works for them, but at the same time I think that some people are missing the very reason for the medium arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they? I mean just because technology enables streaming of Ã¢â‚¬Å“relevant contentÃ¢â‚¬Â youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come across to be fired off like a gattling gun across the day turns any personal thought or connection at best to a background noise and at worst to something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll miss altogether as I screen you out or turn you off. And stopping that shouting to reply to the odd tweet doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make it a conversation. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure about delusions of grandeur, but I think an increasing number of twitterers have Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdelusions of publisherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m almost certainly not target audience for many of these people and if I was then IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d possibly see things differently (or understand) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but I reckon there are only a select bunch who have enough personality or insight to continue what is largely a one way conversation over a two way medium (ala Wossy, Stephen Fry or Russell Brand), for the rest IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid it seems to me to be one side of the room shouting at the other side. It will of course work itself out Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as these things do in nature and at lightening speed on tÃ¢â‚¬â„¢internet. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m after personality in the tweets I follow, so if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re shouting other peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s news you can keep your inflated following figures with one less amongst that number Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re saying anything particularly original or worth listening to then maybe someone in our shared network will be compelled to re-tweet what you're saying and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll pick it up then. Maybe.