#lateraltwits 07 Twitter as a social network open

In the "LateralTwits" series we've talked about Twitter as a communication medium, Twitter as a platform for dialogue, Twitter as a means of information , Twitter as a means of contact, Twitter as a public forum and Twitter as a means of complaint.

Today we talk about Twitter as a social network open. We actually already above that in the last post, but I think it is worth noting the difference between Twitter and other platforms that exist.

Facebook It is a closed network, to access a friend, it must authorize. The same goes Netlog, Tuenti or FourSquare.

In the field of professional social networks, we are the same. To access a contact, it must authorize. It is the case Linkedin, Xing, Viadeo, Plaxo

Twitter does not happen in. You follow who you want. And who wants to follow you. No need to ask permission, just follow (follow). Under this prism, We can follow our favorite gurus, whether singers, football players, politicians, journalists, consultants, poets. I have to warn you that they will not automatically follow, many do not. The sports Twitter asks you to follow your followers, but I can understand that some people with millor public of fans do not return the follow.

A great way to follow people who may be interested is to follow Twitter lists. Twitter allows us to classify our lists followed. for example: journalists. These lists can be public -that usual- the private. A ways to follow related issues is to follow a list of other; that way we do not follow the followers list, but the twits who publish.

I think the fact of being open network Twitter is a great advantage, given all the freedom to follow who want. But you have to manage it well, since we can also follow whoever. We must be consistent with the audience we have and with which we have, answer the questions, retiuitear what we find interesting and answer direct messages.

Anyway, the measure of success of Twitter is not follow you 2.000 people, It is to achieve a balance between followers and followed, and that people or companies that we remain relevant to eachother, we can contribute something.

#lateraltwits 05 Twitter as a public forum

In the series “LateralTwits” We have already discussed Twitter as a communication medium, Twitter as a platform for dialogue, Twitter as a means of information and Twitter as a means of contact.

Today the approach we do to Twitter as a public forum.

Twitter is becoming a great forum. Possibly never will replace the thematic forums that are on the network, but being a single medium is easy for someone with a good number of “followers” (followers) lanze a question, and also it is easy to get answers.

You can do the test. With questions as diverse as:

  • Does anyone know the name of the Secretary of State for Sport?
  • Any recommendation theater in Madrid in early 2011?
  • Is there any university that addresses personal brand studies?
  • Can someone pass me a link about using social bookmarking?
  • Does anyone know if there's football league this weekend?

And all you can think. Surely you shall answer, and in many cases it will be better than offering a seeker, as they often also involved the subjective component (theatrical recommendation, for example).

If you want the answers are not lost on Twitter, you can always create a hashtag, tags Twitter, to follow the subject more easily. For example:

Does anyone recommend me a software for backup? #softcopy

I think we have a utility over Twitter, very practical, do not forget to follow the series, which has a total of 27 posts with different utilities.

I take this opportunity to wish you the best for 2011… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

#lateraltwits 01 Twitter as a communication medium

At this point I will not be I who repeat the figures moves Twitter in the world in terms of followers. Today we do not go around here. Today what matters is all that tells us Twitter, one of the major media that exist.

looking at the “trending topics” displayed on the home page see trending topics, what is brewing in the world informatively. No other means to collect as much news as Twitter. Try searching “wikileaks” and you will see what I mean.

Another interesting test: If you are following a specific topic and have not had time to follow the press, radio or TV, Do a search on Twitter and dispondreis of all versions of the world reduced to headlines 140 characters (Like an SMS). Is there more variety and color?

During the wild Mumbai attacks, in November 2008, Twitter became one of the references in the media worldwide. On average, Bombay citizens launched 16 ‘twitts’ per second throughout the slaughter, commenting on what they saw, giving useful information on how to donate blood or phone numbers of emergency services.

At splashdown of a plane 151 people on board on the Hudson River, against Manhattan, the first photo spread appeared in TwitPic, Web photo Twitter. Janis took Krums, a New Yorker, with his iPhone, fifteen minutes before the arrival of the first photographers Press.

“detained”. With that simple message, posted on Twitter from your mobile phone, American student James Buck, and his translator Mohammed Maree, They could alert the world that Egyptian police had arrested them for participating in a protest for democracy in that country. One day later they were on the street.

I hope and begin to consider Twitter as more than “microblogging”. His power is brutal. Friday I will look #lateraltwits 02: Twitter as a platform for dialogue.

Guillem Recolons