Reply to ReTweets—Is Twitter Breaking Community Features
Following numerous reactions to Twitter’s announcement of officially making retweets a part of the Twitter system, but not retweets as we know them, my friend A.J. Wood posted to his blog a well thought out analysis of the retweet system might mean for users. In reply, I offer the below.
I had faith in Twitter’s people to make the community better--or at least to have their own (eventual) bottom line in mind--until they screwed up @ replies. Now, like many others, I miss out on so many interesting conversations and people I would follow simply because I can’t see conversations if I don’t already know and follow everyone involved.
Given what you and I do on Twitter, sharing and retweeting information and great links with the creative professional community, the proposed new retweeting format will almost certainly kneecap such usage and make Twitter a much less friendly, much less informative place.
If Biz Stone and his cohorts keep going the way they are, all the strengths that make Twitter great will be nullified before long.
I find myself wishing that all the Twitter competitors hadn’t gone under. We might need them tomorrow.