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Twitter = Human-Powered Recommendation RSS Engine

Posted by Andrew on January 9, 2008

Twitter = Human-Powered Recommendation RSS Engine

Three things I’ve noticed since I started using Twitter on a regular basis:

1) I’m using my RSS Reader much less
2) I’m visiting actual blogs more rather than simply reading posts in a reader
3) I’m discovering more interesting blogs and other content than when using blog search engines and the typical blog-post link love

On Twitter, I receive recommendations of quality content and interesting ideas, with links. You have your circle of friends that add value to your day, your work, your life. Whether they are in the same industry as you, or simply provoke you to think about things in new ways, you are exposed to ideas and timely content in new ways.

One tip: Add value as well, rather than simply getting value…

…and recognize echo chamber tendencies.

@vasta says Twitter is “collaborative human filtering”
@abacab says Twitter is “text-based CB Radio. For nerds.”
@sblowes: “if twitter is a productivity killer, seesmic is that on steroids.”
What is Twitter to you?


5 Responses to “Twitter = Human-Powered Recommendation RSS Engine”

  1. Just to add the above comment I made, Twitter is also a way to see how people interact with the content the put online. While on a blog I can leave a comment, on Twitter, I can visit that blog and then interact with the author and other readers directly (albeit asynchronously) in a somewhat real-time environment.

  2. batterista said

    Sameer: You’re right about the asynchronous vs. real time blurring nature of Twitter.

  3. whitneymcn said

    To me Twitter is (among other things):

    An exercise in mindfulness. Easy broadcast of small things reminds me to pay more attention to the small things that I encounter every day.

    And that happens to be exactly 140 characters, too…

  4. Daz Cox said

    just wondering if there is a word for the number of twitter friends/contacts you can have until you stop putting people into your circle because you have too much info to go through. What is the critical mass point of real-time social media networking? Once you reach that critical point where you simply can’t read anyone elses tweets do you run the risk of ending up in a closed loop of recycled info?

    If you already have 50 people that you know give good leads to quality content and you only have time to read a few dozen sites at a sitting, what chance does someone new in the loop have? Why would a Chris Brogan follow a link from a Me when he has hundreds of people higher up on the twitter food chain?

    Does twitter prevent you from investigating all but the most current leads?
    Is twitter a reason why many blogs appear to be simply a paragraph or two of semi-extemporaneous opinion based on other people’s opinions?

    Is instant communication the end of completely thought out opinions?
    and lastly, because it has to appear rude to have a comment with more thoughts in it than the actual post, when does the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many? and the one is YOU my friend!

  5. Andrew said

    Daz: I wonder if those that follow 2,000 people are engaging or broadcasting. People are still certainly blogging in longer form, but lots of stuff only takes 140 characters.

    The thing I think I like the most about Twitter is all of the offline meetings it facilitates. I’ve met dozens of great new friends recently because of Twitter. That makes it priceless to me.

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