Am I hard of hearing or did my Tweetdeck stop Chirping?
Shhh… Did you hear that? No, really did you hear that? I sure as heck didn’t. It seems as thought Twitter is making moves, and not for the greater good. Early this afternoon, Twitter announced what they are calling a “small settings update” (From their site). Simply put, if you are not following someone you cannot see any part of their public conversation.
But isn’t this how Twitter works anyway? Well, it does now, but yesterday you could see @ replies from me to a connection I am following if you were following me. (even if you were not following my connection) Today if you are not following the connection I am responding to you will not see the reply.
Twitter Seriously? Twitter, this is social networking and part of the “social experience” is too have the opportunity to participate in conversations you once did not have the opportunity to connect with.
Is this the first step to Monetizing Twitter? Could this possibly be the first
installment of a paid premium account? To be honest, I won’t pay it. I love Twitter and I’ve been evangelizing the tool internally with Kenexa for some time. Regardless, this is a monumental mistake on their part. The community is already revolting, so I really don’t see this lasting much longer.
LinkedIn capped its groups, holds back member emails and limits communication, and now Twitter is trying to do the same thing. The difference is that Twitter has some incredible value to the evolution of communication.
They’ve changed the face of communication and they need to be careful.
By Noel Cocca
CEO/Founder RecruitingDaily and avid skier, coach and avid father of two trying to keep up with my altruistic wife. Producing at the sweet spot talent acquisition to create great content for the living breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. I try to ease the biggest to smallest problems from start-ups to enterprise. Founder of RecruitingDaily and our merry band of rabble-rousers.
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