Another Idea for Twitter

Hello everyone! It’s 4am and I’m really tired. I’ve been working on re-doing my website and such so I’m just gonna spit out the idea then head to bed.

So, Twitter.

I think that if I visit someone else’s profile page, ie twitter.com/katyperry, there should be a button that says “View Timeline”. When clicked, the clicker is shown what the timeline of @katyperry looks like. I mean THEIR timeline, the tweets that THEY see. Now their personal tweets, but the tweets of those they follow. Yeah, you get it. Twitter shows who I follow on my page and anyone who is really interested can read the tweets of those I follow. Because Twitter already offers all of this information it couldn’t be TOO hard to implement, surely. I think that this would be an insanely awesome way for people to find new people to interact with, don’t you?

Oh and happy New Year everyone!

Maybe I’ll start blogging often in 2013, I think I’d really enjoy it.

Twitter and (Sometimes) Interesting People

(Hey Jack Dorsey, thanks for providing a topic for my first actual blog!)

Part 1. The Twitter Experience. (Yeah, I can sub-title blog posts. What’s up.)

So, Twitter.  It seems like just yesterday my buddy was telling me how pointless and useless Twitter was as I logged in at school (the good ole days when it wasn’t blocked). After 3+ years and 8,400+ tweets, I would argue that Twitter is more than just another Facebook status. I’ve talked with celebrities, CEO’s, editors, developers, bloggers, speakers, entrepreneurs, and tons of other teenagers like myself that I would not have had the chance to engage with otherwise. Twitter has paved the way to many friendships that would have likely never been developed. The (awesome) people I follow on Twitter inspire me,inform me, entertain me, and help me.

I have met plenty of teens like myself with equal (and usually greater) knowledge of business, entrepreneurship, computer engineering, graphic design, etc (See teensintech.com for proof). It has been great getting to know these teenagers and seeing how they are changing the world. I look forward to seeing where these kids end up; I have a feeling someday you will know them as well. The amount of passion they possess for what they do is truly inspiring.

It is said that Twitter is faster than an earthquake. Isn’t it crazy that this statement is actually true? I cannot remember the last time I went to my TV to hear about news, even for local updates. I know something important or interesting is happening when I see 5+ tweets about it within a minutes time. That is what happens when you follow 1,500+ people who share common interests; the news that appeals to you will find you. If I happen to hear about something via word of mouth, a quick Twitter search is all it takes to get in the loop. Technology lovers, gaming nerds, verified news accounts, editors, and journalists keep me informed.

If you want entertainment on Twitter, check out FavStar and look at the leaderboards and pre-made Twitter lists. That is all.

I’ll keep this brief because I am already saying more than I planned about Twitter. There are a lot of smart people on Twitter. Seriously. Plenty of times I have gone to Twitter with questions ranging from “Hey Twitter, which Blizzard should I get at Dairy Queen?” and “I am having trouble with ____, can any tech wizzes out there help?”. Long story short, people on Twitter like to answer questions and help with problems, so ask away!

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Part 2. Twitter, Y U NO let me categorize myself?

Recently I have thought intensely about whether or not to post a certain tweet, sometimes going back at a later time to delete tweets, even. This is because I try to make my tweets appeal to every single one of my followers, which is not possible. I tweet mainly about three things: technology, video games, and random thoughts that go through my head (jokes, rants, etc). I have a suspicion that there are people that do not follow me because, to them, there are more uninteresting than interesting tweets from me. I am not offended by this because a) I do this too and b) it makes sense. If someone tweets 100 times and only one is interesting to me, I would not be convinced to click “Follow”.  I assume you get my point, so I will move on to my idea.

Instead of following every. single. tweet. from a user, I think that a system similar to that of Google+’s Circles should be implemented. Example time. I tweet about technology a lot, and I tweet about video games a lot. There are people that follow me for technology, people that follow for video games, a few that follow for both, and I assume a large number that don’t follow due to the other category being so prominent. Let me summarize my entire post in a few sentences instead of dragging on so long.

Tweeters can tag their tweets with their own categories. Followers can follow certain categories. Instead of

“Boy, Aaron is super cool and tweets interesting things about technology and business but I can’t stand his nerdy tweets about video games. I guess I wont follow him!”

it should be

“Aaron sure tweets a lot about video games. I’m too cool to be a nerd, so I will just subscribe to his other categories that seem more interesting to me.”

Hashtags do a great job of categorizing tweets, but I will still see #JustinBieberIsJesus hashtags in my stream…NOT interesting. Surely I am not the only one that wants this feature. Hopefully Twitter introduces something along these lines soon so I can get an even more consistently interesting stream!

Leave a comment and share your thoughts! Thanks for reading :-)

(I should probably note now that I rarely edit my writings so if you find a typo, nice! Maybe I will hide some, it’ll be a game for you grammar punks.)

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I will be updating this in the coming days, weeks, months, or years. Definitely decades. Probably. Meanwhile, visit www.wimp.com for unlimited entertainment!