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November 03, 2009



My head hurts now, thanks. Hmmm, maybe a snickers will help...


I liked someone else's comment about lists: "I have two lists. Following and followers."


I agree. I think these lists are going to really change twitter, even if we don't see it yet. I am not fond of lists, but this seems to be the direction the web is going -- towards becoming more like old media. I don't think this will spread the influence around. I think those with influence will make lists that will consolidate power, a bit like Oprah's book club. The lists will become like the blogrolls that were once big in blogging. Whose list are people going to follow -- my "Mom Bloggers" list or Dooce's "Mom Bloggers" list? Which list will become the "official" list that the media will notice?

Heather B.

When the lists first came out I didn't understand it and now that I've had time to check out some lists I still don't really get it. I think it's just a nice way to group those that you follow. It make it more manageable or something. I have one list and in the middle of making that list I stopped because I got distracted. It's been like two weeks and I still haven't finished that list. For the record it's a list of people I know in real life. Which I don't think that anyone can really get pissy about because how can I add you if I've never met you?

I also understand what you are saying about 'social media currency' but I think that so many people have become way too caught up in who is following who, their rank, where they are or aren't linked to, etc. It's become a bit ridiculous. And I'm not on my high horse because I've never been upset about lists and links before but because I eventually stopped caring. So now I don't anymore.

So that is my two cents on the matter. I can see why people do care but I'm pretty 'eh' about the whole thing.


Yes, the hierarchy thing is always going to be there once you start including (and thus excluding) people. (Someone, I think it was @GoNowGo, said, and I'm paraphrasing: Is "Why haven't you listed me" the new "Why don't you follow me back?" yet?) But I am more interested in how it shakes up the way people use Twitter. You could conceivably get an account and subscribe to lists, without following a single individual. Which is weird to me, but you'd get plenty of value. Anyway, I better be on your IRL list, betch.

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