I am a fan of Social Networking Tools and Web 2.0 Technology, however over the past few weeks I find I have started to ask the question, “is Twitter beginning to lose it’s relevance??”
I have been using Twitter for just about a year now and have been using it fairly regularly to not only talk to people but to also help me do my job and find great candidates for Oracle. Last July I posted a blog entry asking the question “is Twitter becoming the new LinkedIn”
This week with the wide spread coverage of the race to 1,000,000 followers by Ashton Kutcher and CNN and then even more recently with Oprah joining the Twitterverse, I find myself starting to think that Twitter is starting to lose the essence of what made it cool to use. My most recent post was a repost by @lyndons below:
RT @lyndons:the “mainstreaming” of Twitter is a bit like everyone finding yr fav secret surfing spot – and building a resort hotel on it.
I think it is great that people are joining Twitter and using it to connect with each other that is what using Social Networking Tools is all about, however as people start to chase followers just to have followers or start to use Twitter just because it is the thing to do I think then Twitter starts to lose that sense of individual and group connectivity that attracted everyone to it.
I have spoken to some very interesting people on Twitter and had some great online and offline conversations as a result of it – I hope that we do not lose these “real” conversations we are having with each other as a result of Twitters new found celebrity.
There are so many Social Networking sites that are available (and there will surely be new ones being created) that we can not be active on every site. We need to pick and choose the sites that work best for us. I still use LinkedIn, Facebook, Blogging and Twitter regularly and am using Plaxo and Spoke a little bit less than I did 12-24 months ago.
I am still a fan of Twitter and I do think it will continue to promote interesting conversations with each other, however is it possible that it has grown too quickly over the past 12 months to keep pace with itself??
Are you a fan of Twitter or not a fan or have no opinion either way. I would be interested to hear your thoughts and ideas.