Twitter Insights

Here’s a taste of some of the interesting conversations, insights, and debates I’ve had on Twitter lately (yes, naysayers, that does happen). I’m just putting the messages I sent, partly because I think it reads clearly, partly so I don’t accidentally misrepresent a fellow Tweeter, partly to bias things in my favor (clearly), and partly to entice you to check out and explore the site.

On The War (with PeoriaPundit, whose side you can read here - you might have to go back a couple pages to find the relevant Tweets, which will read “@frivmo”)
Pardon my saying so, but "voted against supporting the troops" is a pretty far-from-balanced way of putting things.

The other side would say "Voted to support a bad war and allow a dictator President to have his way." Both are posturing. Both spin.

As consumers of filtered news and media we need to learn how to peel away hidden biases and examine our own sub-unconscious shading of truth

Strongly disagree with you there. The troops are being killed. More money is not gonna stop that.

We need real solutions. Continually throwing money at a sinking ship doesn't solve a thing. Someone has to say enough.

Congress gets to determine war policy. They've let Bush take control, and that's where there's a problem.

It's incorrect to assert that those who don't want to keep paying are against the troops. Not true. Please - that's absurd.

Agreed on supplies. Don't think signing any and all spending bills is answer. Congress needs to do more-make better bills.

Just because Bush threatens to veto doesn't mean Congress can't stop being lazy and come up with a solution to override him.

I'd like to see compromise for the sake of our troops. Rather than fight about funding/not - fight about how to bring home.

One more before bed - Obama et al voting against (when it clearly would pass) is a symbolic gesture we need to start changin'
On Web Design (with Vaspers, here)
Candid admission from a web designer: Not one of my past clients' sites has received the traffic my blog gets in a week. In their lifetime.

They want a site, but think it will work without any effort. No consistent updates, no evangelism. None have used blogs I made for them.

No links in, no links out, no SEO, no community involvement, no email signatures, badges. Any wonder why none of them sell their products?

If you're making a website because "everybody needs one," and don't plan to use it daily (at least weekly), you're wasting money and time.

Would you spend hundreds/thousands on a print campaign and then keep all the postcards in your dresser? Buy a banner and never hang it?

"Build it and they will come" only works when there's something to see, something to do. Something that loudly says, "Yes, we still exist!

Too many companies/artists/craftsmakers looking for the magic solution to their failing products/career. The Web != Lord & Savior.

Question for web pros: Is it unethical to take work if you know the client will be wasting her money? What if you try to persuade otherwise?
On Facebook, MySpace, and the future of the Web (with Christian Burns here)
FB/MS are the flavor of the month/year/generation. Users tire, grow older. New kids find cooler stuff. The circle of life.

These sites have value in terms of entertainment and adverts to youth market, but aren't for "grown-up" networking, pro functions.

MySpace/FB are not like Google/MS/Yahoo - they are niche (giant niche) sites. Biggest value is users, who'll migrate to new & better things.

We'll see them awhile longer, bc their communities are so large, but newer, more open & professional sites will replace 'em.

Exactly right. But are kids still using Geocities, though everybody did? Nope. The Next Gen already thinks MyS is lame.

Time will tell if MyS and FB will change/grow/remain relevant to the next wave of users, or if they'll die at the hand of the New/Cooler.
You might be able to tell from the above (even without reading what came between) that Vaspers agreed with me, and PeoriaPundit and Christian Burns didn’t. In spite of the disagreement (and the fact that I had never “spoken” to either of them), the conversations never turned nasty - not even coming close - and both ended quite amicably. In fact, if scheduling works out, the Burns, Vaspers, and I might have a conference call in the coming weeks (recorded and published in podcast form by Burns) to further discuss and debate the Facebook/MySpace issue, which would be pretty cool, and my first experience with something like that (not counting the couple times I deejayed for a local radio station while in high school).

I’m looking forward to it, and to more great stuff to come out of Twitter in the weeks and months to come. Slowly but surely, a growing community of users are building Twitter’s reputation as a great new platform for varied, deep, and civil conversation, debate, insight, and link-sharing - in stark contrast to the Twitter that’s so often mentioned and denigrated in the media these days. It’s better than they’d have you believe. Much, much more than frivolous cat-blogging.

I’d love for you to join us.