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Lists are all about numbers, right?

November 1, 2009
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I always like jumping on the bandwagon, so here’s my post on Twitter Lists…

Still not convinced by Twitter Lists, although I’m sure it will prove to revolutionise social media in some way (see here for more of my moans about the interweb).

There are millions of travel-related lists out there already, so I’m not going to repeat that exercise. (Hats off though to the more imaginative efforts – in particular I like Matt Rhodes’ list called Make me think, and mostly because I’m on it.)

Matt has also blogged about Lists (read the Fresh Networks’ post here) – and I agree with him about the lack of collaboration. But I’ll go one further; as they stand, Lists are “push journalism” and more about egos than sharing anything relevant.

In our minds
Twitter is tapping into our psyche here, our need to create order, categorise and make sense of things. It may also be looking to boost its own SEO (6.5 million lists and counting via DannyWhatmough) and step up efforts to compete against Google in the real-time search stakes. Who knows.

Anyway, inspired by the somewhat dubious novels of Dan Brown, I’ve created my own shoddy list about numbers.

Who are these mysterious people who snapped up @1, @5 etc. Early adopters, cyber squatters, number freaks, chancers?

More importantly, what are numbers 4 and 10 hiding? They have blocked us out!

I’ve requested more information…



Coming soon, yes – you guessed it, A to Z…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2009 9:49 pm

    Matt, I think you’ve missed the point. Just like everything on Twitter the names they use don’t actually reflect the functions. Followers are actually just readers of Tweets. Lists are just filters to look at Twitter streams through. In actual fact they make the follower count obsolete. There is no point in following anyone in order to receive their Tweets, unless you want a two way DM dialogue, then hopefully they will reciprocate. If they don’t then I would advise not following back. The great thing is you can make your own private lists and follow who you like through them. The only way to stop anyone following you on a private list is to block them. The question is who do you block?
    Instead of writing a long article on what I think is good and bad about lists or how I feel Twitter can still be improved. I will leave that for a blog post of my own.
    Finally, I will state the obvious. You are sitting on an Excel Spreadsheet containing all of the raw data for excellent travel industry related lists. Please publish them on Twitter and share them. I am guessing but its likely that all of the people who submitted their names to your list will follow it. I certainly will.

  2. matthewparsons permalink*
    November 1, 2009 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the comment…
    Be interested to hear how you can transfer Excel date to a Twitter list!

  3. November 1, 2009 10:36 pm

    The only way I know of is manually one @username at a time. Perhaps someone knows an easier method?


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