Remember when I said only @JACK knows jack about Twitter. (Old post here: http://bit.ly/oLay0h
) Well, I just couldn't help myself. +MG Siegler
Don't hate, just hear me out. +Robert Scoble
maybe a small change at first is better than total revolution. +Mike Elgan
I know you think Twitter is dead, but hear me out. The point of my old post was that Twitter needs to be careful about how they evolve. Here's a simple change that would make Twitter 10x the fun.
Every time you post there should be a little "discuss" icon (just next to the location icon). If you click the discuss icon, it enables people to discuss your tweet together. When people see your Tweet come up it has the word "Discuss" after the "Favorite / Retweet / Reply" option. If you click that (instead of Reply), the panel on the side slides out and gives you an input box to comment. In that right-side pane, people can basically post/reply to each other, but whatever they type there will not
show up in anyone's stream. You gotta click into the "discuss" on the original Tweet to see it and participate in discussion.
Of course this could work on mobile too, but I dont know what client you use, so I won't mention how it'd look/the UI.
What does this accomplish? 1) It changes very little about Twitter
; it doesn't complicate it. For those snoozing, they won't even notice it's there.
And 2) For those that find the Twitter @replies too cumbersome
, messy, and wish that they could engage a group of people in a convo (instead of back & forth with one person), you've got a nice, easy to code, easy to scale system.
I think this is Twitter still being Twitter, but it's a simple, natural evolution that could expand its scope, get users to spend more time with it, get more users to follow each other, and even take a bite out of all those "group texting" services (which is really just a feature begging to be integrated into a service).
It would also be an easy place to put some advertising (Users will be talking around a topic for an extended period of time, nice time to target something there, and now that Twitter has another $400 mil, remember they're going to need advertising in 2015! lol.)
I'd been thinking about this for a few days when I tried out a new poll startup from a company +Bill Gross
invested in gopollgo.com
-- I recommended to Bill & team that they make a conversation engine for Twitter in addition to a "poll" engine, because people will discuss a lot more than they'll take polls, and it's so easy. (That's assuming Twitter won't do it themselves.)
Just tonight I got into a Twitter discussion with +Mark Suster
on Twitter and suddenly 4 or 5 people joined in via @ replies and it was a mess and impossible to follow everyone. This feature would have made it so simple and easy. Anyway... just a thought.
Again, I think its important that Twitter evolves carefully, so if I were doing this, I'd test it out with a limited audience before going sitewide. :-)
Btw, I know Twitter is not too popular here and not many are interested, but if you are, here's my Twitter account: twitter.com/myspacetom