I watched a very interesting video this evening. The speaker in the video was Stefana Broadbent, one of a new class of “ethnographers” that is people who study how our social habits and relationships mutate. She cites some very interesting research about intimacy and modern communication apparatus including Skype, Instant Messaging and Facebook. One of the perplexing points is that while someone may have 100 contacts on their Instant Messenger they generally only communicate with a very small percentage of those people. On the surface this really does make sense but without seeing research data to back the issue up there are few certainties in the realm of social media and technology. Ethnographer defined.
Tonight Twitter launched a new feature – lists. These lists allow you to combine a number of different twitter feeds to one group and creates a new tier to the url system. I created 2 new lists to test:
These lists are a fast demonstration of how this tool could be used. This is a great idea and will really add a lot of value for Twitter. You could in essence locate every news outlet on Twitter and combine them in one list, this would be a very busy feed. No longer will people have to use sophisticated tools to search for certain kinds of tweets, they can find someone who’s done the work for them already. Way to go Twitter.
Compliments of Guy Kawasaki, if you are on Twitter and interested in Entrepreneurial ventures or Social Media I recommend you follow him. These are 5 excellent Twitter tips. What I found the most compelling is the competitive advantage and guerrilla marketing aspects of the suggestions. I hope you find them interesting: