|Has Twitter replaced SMS feeds?|
More than once I've been told by bloggers and authors that they'd like to include this forum on their blogrolls if only it were possible. The latter perception owes, perhaps, to the 'bulletin board"-like appearance a la Web 0.5 that many bloggers first experience when tuning in here. One blogger described it as a throw-back to the Compuserve era. Or course, those of us who've been here awhile don't see it that way, since it's second nature to us.
Thanking those other bloggers, always, I neglect to tell them (with only rare exceptions) that SI is already SMS-capable, and I suppose I do this not out of a sense of self-deprecation, but due to not wanting to go the extra hassle - the scope of which, due to viral phenomena, has a way of escalating geometrically - of explaining how to loggin as a guest, what the implications of guest status are, and which this, and what that, they'll not be able to do. It's simple enough to do, at the root, as long as you know it's simple and don't look for reasons why it's not, but it's just human nature when addressing the unknown to want to explore the lay of the land.
All of which brings me to the heading of this thread, "Has Twitter replaced SMS feeds?" which was inspired by a passage I ran across earlier today in the National Broadband Plan - cf. #msg-26674260. The passage reads as follows:
"The Internet also provided new ways to involve the public. Through an innovative Web presence at www.broadband.gov,
the FCC posted more than 130 blog entries and received nearly 1,500 comments in return. The FCC’s Twitter feed now
has more than 330,000 followers, making it the third most popular government Twitter feed after the White House and
the Centers for Disease Control."
Is SI "Twitter-enabled", just as it is SMS-enabled? I allow that I may be missing something, but I've looked for a way to facilitate it, and short of writing my own script, nowhere is it to be found. Nor am I of the opinion that it's particularly harmonious with the SI biz model in its current overt iteration, and that's quite ok with me, too.
I'm PM'ing this message to SI Bob to get his take on the subject. If I'm mistaken about any of this, hopefully Bob will show us the light.
Does anyone else looking in here have any thoughts on this subject they'd like to share?