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To contribute or not to contribute April 27, 2009

Posted by willem42195 in Social networks.
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What a week!

Less than a month ago I didn’t have blog, I didn’t care about Twitter (I hadn’t even tried it) and – as far as I know – Twibe groups didn’t exist yet.

And now, in exactly one week, I’m writing my second blog post, more than 165 people (and still counting!) have registered with the BusinessIntelligence Twibe and it’s hard to think of something for which there is no Twibe group yet.

Agreed, Twibes is not that stable yet and some people seem to struggle to make it work so it can improve on user-friendliness. But the Twibes team is very responsive (thank you Adam & C°!) and they are adding great features all the time.

A feature that I’m really looking forward to is the possibility to tweet directly from the Twibe. In the first week, only 5 persons or so actually actively participated by publishing content in the BusinessIntelligence Twibe. My hope is that this new feature will have a positive impact and get more people involved.

In 17 Things we Used to Do Andrew McAfee wrote:

I perceive myself to be part of a single network of friends on Facebook, but I’m part of two very different networks on Twitter: the people I follow (I select these people because I want to get information from them), and those who follow me (these people select me because they want to get information from me).

Sure, people can be part of both networks (you follow them and they follow you), but often they’re not. Likewise, in the Twibe group there will be members that join only with the intention of “listening” and not being “heard” – a position they can of course change at any time.

But since you don’t have to be a member of the Twibe group to see its content, it makes me wonder what their incentive is to join?

Personally, I believe it is about being part of a group and having something in common (after all we call them social networks). It also clearly relates to the last two use cases that Andrew described: Finding information on topics of interest and Finding people who share an interest.

I’m curious to hear what you think about it. Please leave a comment below.

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On Twitter and Twibes April 17, 2009

Posted by willem42195 in Social networks.
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Recently I discovered Twibe groups. It was love at first sight and I decided to immediately create a group about my passion: Business Intelligence (http://www.twibes.com/BusinessIntelligence).

What is it that I like so much about the concept?

While I do recognize that chitchatting is inherent to Twitter and part of its charm for many users, the reason why I’m on Twitter is purely professional. I use Twitter to unload my mailbox and get rid of all those newsletters and other marketing messages that I don’t read anyway. I prefer the short tweets and people’s personal comments. Mip described this very nicely in his post “How I Became a Twitter Convert”.

But, since people (luckily!) have many interests and a life next to work, I often have to wade through a lot of tweets that are of little interest to me to find those that are relevant to my area of expertise. Jeremiah Owyang predicts even worse in his post “What Happens When Twitter Gets Mainstream Attention”.

This is where I believe Twibe groups come to the rescue. All members of the group share a single (1) interest – in this case Business Intelligence. Twibes scans all tweets from members of the group for those that match any of up to 3 tags (which the group can freely define).

Sometimes, less is more. My idea of the Twibe group is like a Reader’s Digest: you only get to see tweets that are relevant to the group without you having to track down people and following them individually. The group is a powerful medium for content providers to reach a large and attentive audience. The win for the information consumers is efficiency: they get lots of needles and only little hay.

Rules of engagement for the BusinessIntelligence Twibe group:

  • to make your tweet show up in the group, tag it with bitwibe (if you prefer #bitwibe, that will work too)
  • only tag tweets that are directly related to BI (defined in its largest sense)
  • if you retweet something that was already tagged, remove the bitwibe tag unless you add a personal comment that is interesting for the group
  • no spam (this includes commercial messages and information about seminars, trainings and webinars)
  • the group is international so tweet in English and about topics of general interest

If you have any suggestions or would like to share what you expect from the group, then please enter your comments below.