When tech guru Robert Scoble says something’s hot, you can bet that it is. And guess what? He’s as hot as hell on Twitter. On this video, Scoble explains in detail how businesses can hit home runs galore through the use of this micro-blogging service. Scoble also discusses Jaiku and Pownce, the big competitors for Twitter. He claims that Pownce has the better user interface and some cool features, and points out that these services enable threaded discussions. In answer to the question about Twitter’s lead, Scoble suggests that Pownce is pulling in big numbers of users – and fast. He suggests that these platforms won’t be mainstream for another couple of years and all of the platforms struggle for the attention of consumers. He suggests that companies such as Twitter are cheap to build and run and are not as exposed to the problems of the tech bubble that we saw in 2000.
Bloody hell, maybe there is something about Twitter. There’s lots of stories now beginning to surface about companies having a Twitter feed that allows people to keep up to date with short snippets of what’s going on inside a business. For example, a real estate agent might use Twitter to alert his or her subscribers of a new listing coming on stream – or the potential of a new listing if they’re doing an appraisal. A stock broker could have a Twitter feed that gives their clients up to the minute news on what’s happening in the market and what stocks are running hot.
The potential here is enormous. Think about building a Twitter feed into your blog. It’ll be a micro-blog that’ll fill in the gaps of the main theme of your blog. Is there any way to mash Twitter with Facebook and Google maps?
It seemed like the daftest of all new social networking sites but I’m beginning to see how Twitter may be useful in a business or professional environment. The home page of Twitter suggests that the posts are pure banal crap, but the more I look into it, the more I see the possibilities. Barrack Obama is using it in the US, wonder if we’ll see our local pollies use it in the lead up to the next election.
Have a read of this article and let me know if you’re using tweeting on Twitter…Twitter – Can Your Company Or Podcast Do It?
I may be a twit because I don’t get Twitter. Here’s something I found that made a tiny bit of sense.