Google+ has made Twitter boring, here's what Twitter should do about that

For the past few days I’ve been hanging out in Jackson Hole with a bunch of geeks and one thing I’ve noticed over and over is how boring Twitter has gotten when compared to Google+.

Why has Twitter turned boring?

I’ve found several areas:

1. First experience.
2. Pictures and videos.
3. Control over content distribution.
4. No API, no auto pushing of content.
5. Signals are visible from who you excited and pissed off.
6. Auto flowing webpage.

So, let’s take each of these areas on, and talk about what Twitter could do to make users excited again.

FIRST EXPERIENCE

Forget everything you know about social networks. Now, visit my Twitter account. Then visit my Google Plus account.

Which one draws you in more? Which one shows engagement? Which one has a better about page? Which one shows passion, excitement, that something is happening? In all cases, Google+ is blowing away Twitter and it’s not even close.

So, what can Twitter do?

1. Buy Twylah. Look at my landing page there, it’s MUCH better than what’s on Twitter. Then, Twitter should add some stats on each twitterer. Stuff like “how many retweets has she gotten today?” or “how many @ replies does this user answer?” That would make Twitter more engaging and interesting.

2. Completely revamp the list idea in Twitter. If you follow one of my lists, which I’ve spent hundreds of hours on, they DON’T DO S**T ON YOUR ACCOUNT! This is so lame that it, alone, will get me to pour more time into Google+. But, what should they do? First, if you follow a list all those people’s tweets should be added to your home feed. Second, if you follow a list you should be able to send your Tweets to people on just that list. Third, if you follow a list, you should be able to send private messages to those people. Fourth, the people on the list should be able to tell the list itself whether that was OK or not.

3. Get rid of the freaking spam on search and give us amplification abilities and noise controls. Many new users will come because a blogger or someone will say “hey, we’re talking about the new iPad on Twitter.” Have you ever looked at a search for the word iPad? It’s full of crap and spam. There’s no way to say “only show me items written by people with a Klout score of more than 30 (which would get rid of the spam) or there’s no way for me to say “show me only items that say “Apple iPad” and that have a positive sentiment.” If there were, many new users would see the value in Twitter, especially around news and location. Instead, every search I’ve done lately is full of spam. Boring!

PICTURES AND VIDEOS

Google+ has beautiful photos and videos. Twitter? Just page after page of mind-numbing 140 character items. Now, Flipboard demonstrated to all of us that photos and videos CAN be added into the display, and the new Twitter UI does do some of that, but it just isn’t enough. Google+ is blowing Twitter away here.

So, what could Twitter do? Totally rethink the clients it owns, and rethink the stream itself. Let us add photos and videos into each tweet and, even, let us do that outside of the 140 character limit, which would let Twitter continue to blow away Google+ on where it is strong: which is on mobile.

CONTROL OVER CONTENT DISTRIBUTION

Google+ lets me publish a post to JUST A SINGLE PERSON +or+ to a small group of people, or, even, to a circle that has 5,000 members in it. Twitter has no such way to do this.

Why does this make Twitter boring? Well, because, my friends can feel safe sharing, um, “racier” posts with me on Google+ where on Twitter they either need to DM me, which isn’t as good as a group (my other friends can’t say “great photo” for instance) and isn’t nearly as nice.

What can Twitter do? Revamp lists. But Twitter’s management thinks lists suck, so I don’t see Twitter getting this feature anytime soon and that’s really too bad. It’s what will really put Twitter into a box and soon, you’ll see, how this affects search and all sorts of news. This is Twitter’s weakest point, and it will become more and more apparent that Twitter has blown a real opportunity here to make its system more interesting.

NO AUTO-PUSHING OF CONTENT ON GOOGLE+

I look at Twitter and a lot of it has turned into a boring RSS feed. I get items from news organizations, and even people now are using it to automatically Tweet (there are even systems that will send out tweets automatically at specific times). I don’t know who really posted these items, and I don’t get answers back from these people a lot of times because, well, they aren’t even online. Not true over on Google+. At least not yet.

This is one area where I’m not sure how Twitter can help, but Google has chat and “hangout” videoconferencing features, which help me see whether someone is really online and available (even Michael Dell has done a few hangouts and those really get people excited). So, I would add some interactive features into Twitter where the sender MUST be online and there to answer them.

YOU CAN SEE WHO YOU EXCITED AND WHO YOU PISSED OFF (and you can see same for other people)

On Google+ I can see if what you wrote excited or pissed people off. Why? There are comments right underneath it. As a writer this feedback makes Google+ extremely interesting. Why? Because I can change my behavior if I’m pissing people off, and my ego gets fed when I see 3,000 people commented and said “great post.” I am seeing a LOT of engagement on Google+ where on Twitter I can’t see that.

Quick, go visit Mike Arrington’s Twitter account and tell me of his last 20 tweets which ones pissed off the most people? Which ones thrilled the most people. But on Google+ that’s a simple chore.

What can Twitter do? List under each Tweet engagement statistics. How many times was it retweeted? Who retweeted it? Which one caused the most @ replies? What was the sentiment of those replies (there are lots of companies that can tell you whether a reply is positive or negative).

THE POSTS AUTOFLOW

If I open a web browser and put Twitter and Google+ side-by-side, one automatically shows me new stuff, one doesn’t. That makes Twitter look old and crappy. Yes, if you use newer Twitter clients you can get tweets to autoflow, but I’d rather have the web page do this like Google+ does.

Anyway, there are other things, as well. On Google+ the Notification page shows you anytime you get engagement. Twitter has nothing like that. It’s amazing how cool that is.

Are you finding the same thing? So far I’ve been asking the geeks I’m hanging out with here in Jackson Hole and they really are seeing these differences and wonder how Twitter will react to them.

Me too. So, Twitter, what you gonna do to keep from being seen as the most unexciting social network?

UPDATE: Here’s a post about this over on Google Plus so you can see the kind of engagement that I’m getting there.

Comments

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  70. “How many replies does this person answer” This right here is one of the single biggest issues I have with most that use these services… if you put yourself out there – you better be willing to reply to your followers… Your a perfect case study of this…you reply even thou you are both busy and have a billion followers on multiple networks…

    Not the case for most…..

    I own or work 4 different jobs and I find time to reply… it is what makes or breaks social interaction – I mean when i walk up to someone and say hello – I expect an answer of some kind… or a smack in the face – but at least something….

  71. Yeah, I guess Twitter has to lift their game. Google+ has definitely raised the stakes in social, to where it’s time for competitors to either put up or shut up.

    But Twitter needs to do one thing, first: get themselves a damn business model. Without handling that teensy-weensy detail, the rest means bupkis.

    1. They have a business model. Promoted tweets/accounts/trends. I saw an article on Business Insider that estimated the revenue they are making from this alone and it looked pretty good.

    2. I am curious as to what planet you live on where Google+ is some huge success that is making Facebook or Twitter even REMOTELY scared.  Because if you are suggesting that Google+ has a chance of being the top social network, Larry Page himself would point at you and laugh in your face.  Most people aren’t using it.  and even if EVERY single person who has a Google account signed up, it would still have less than 1/4 the users as Facebook.

    3. I think Twitter is fine where it is. Twitter is about the stream, the news, the content. It wasn’t created to feed certain individual’s ego.  That’s what Facebook is for.  While G+ has some interesting unique ways of applying the same features, it’s really not different enough for it to sustain.  Right now, it’s just a better packaged FriendFeed. One thing G+ will never beat Twitter on, instant news and discovery of news.

  72. Your Twitter page is easy and quick to read. Your Google+ page is long and I don’t have time to read it. Twitter still wins but does fail big time on search spam. Some photos/page previews would be nice in twitter.

    Don’t like twylah

    There is an artistic idea in Twitter, to limit conversations to 140 characters. Twitter can get greedy and decide to become another Facebook/Google+ by lifting the limit but there is clearly a need for the original idea of Twitter and if they leave it behind someone else will take their place.

    Why ask Twitter to change? Ask someone to make a more enhanced Twitter

    1. @andycd, I think that’s Scoble’s point. Google+ has enhanced the Twitter experience. Now it’s up to Twitter to consider their response. They can change things to meet Scoble’s (and mine, for that matter) needs/wants, or risk losing this core crowd. Would twitter collapse if Scoble stopped using it (or slowed his use)? Probably not. The big question is how many others share his desires.

  73. I said this on your G+, too. Twitter chats are fun and amazing – at least the ones I attend. There is a google doc for all the chats – here http://bit.ly/ChatSched  Most of your suggestions are really very good, You write like you are out of breath! Is this really a race? Your ideas for integrating Twitter List tweets into your home stream is marvelous, but for those of us who follow a ton of Lists, we would never see anything – I prefer to view them individually anyway. Your gold nugget though is — be able to send a tweet TO the List. That alone would have me on Twitter more than G+ right now. 

    1. Hi @phylliskhare:disqus , absolutely, I love Twitter chats too! They really make Twitter a lot of fun. :) And great point on the doc, it really rocks! 

    2. Totally agree and this is where Twitter can retain engagement alongside G+, which I agree has taken some of the interest from Twitter.  I follow some lists who are not early adopters and those remain interesting.  Lists and follows in the community who’ve migrated to G+ less so. 

  74. While I admit I despise most of the “self licking talking heads”,  I have always given you kudos for being upfront about promoting yourself and the fact that you pay attention to negative reactions as well as butt-kissing flattery. 

    Twitter is boring because it wants us to only consume info from celebs/gurus/marketers and G+ is about engagement.

  75. Picking the TINIEST of nits…

    I would not be a fan of adding yet again MORE metrics, by which insecure weasels would compare themselves.

    It WOULD be helpful if Twitter’s profile view showed me a couple of that user’s recent Tweets that had high engagement. That would be great, but more numbers to game?  Not so much.

    (I agree with most of the rest of what you wrote, but with two caveats.  Google+ *will* eventually have an API, and the noise will come.  Once that starts polluting the streams a little, + won’t be such a plus.  Second, Google+ is for tinkerers — you’re forced into a lot of curation and list cultivation. Most people on Twitter don’t do that, and while it would help them to do so, that’s more work that they might want.  Average, light-duty users will find Twitter easier, even if it’s got some crud in it.)

    1. I’ve just spent 3 years curating my Twitter lists and columns in Tweetdeck. So, 2 observations:

      1. If someone still thinks of Twitter as a pointless and unmanageable RSS feed, they are either living under a rock or incapable of creating and curating much of anything, and so Google + won’t be a huge help to them in that regard.

      2. My feeds, sources and contact lists on Twitter are SO good now that I am very reluctant to start over from scratch on Google+.

      Two more things:

      If Mr. Scoble doesn’t know if people he follows on twitter are real or bots or proxy writers and they never answer him, why is he following them to begin with?

      And as much as it sucks for Mr. Scoble to get blown off by random Twitter accounts, at least it serves the purpose of teaching him what the rest of us little people feel like when he blows US off in the exact same manner.

      Zing.

      1. Olivier, 

        If you’ve invested a lot of time curating your own Twitter lists or use Twitter lists often, you should take a look at TrendSpottr. 

        We’ve recently added support for Twitter lists so that you can now generate real-time trends from any Twitter list. For example, if your are interested in Technology, you can enter Robert Scoble’s “most influential in tech” Twitter list (http://twitter.com/#!/Scobleizer/most-influential-in-tech) into our search bar and generate real-time trends from 500 of the most influential tech enthusiasts and bloggers. Similarly, if you want to find the most timely, relevant and trending content about social media, you can use Shel Israel’s “social media pros” Twitter list (http://twitter.com/#!/shelisrael/socialmedia-pros). Of course, you can create and curate your own lists (e.g., most influential users related to a particular topic, brand or product) and immediately discover the most trending content from that highly relevant and curated list of users. More info here: http://trendspottr.tumblr.com. You can try it for yourself by visiting http://trendspottr.com, using the invitation code spottingtrends and entering any Twitter list into our search bar. Give it a go and let me know what you think. 

  76. Google+ covers some of the features that Facebook and Twitter have, but not all of them.

    I don’t think Twitter can compete with Facebook or Google+ on their own turf.

    Maybe the inline images and videos can happen, but Circles seems pretty centric to the concept of Google+.

    Google+ is also poised to integrate social sharing with all of the most important Google products and services, which Twitter cannot compete on. Ever.

  77. It will take years for Twitter to make your suggested improvements. In that time they go the way of MySpace. This is a fast evolving environment. If you take to long to improve & innovate, then you risk only being known in the history books. Twitter has a long history of moving forward slowly. This time it’s going to choke them to death.

  78. Google’s strategy here is to control the social noise and find a way to monetize it, not compete with twitter and facebook.

    If you look at what they’ve been doing over the past year – they’re trying to bring social noise into their search market in order to deliver rich and relevant content.  However, given Google’s history this will end up being just other G-product:  Either an extension to serve a bigger purpose or another idea in the bucket.

    I’m not jumping on until I see commitment to product.

    1. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

    2. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

    3. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

    4. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

    5. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

    6. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

    7. Have you looked enough before deciding whether or not there is ‘commitment’ to the product?

  79. Twitter hasn’t suddenly become boring. Also, while I would like to see Lists developed, I wouldn’t like to see them developed in the ways you suggest….
     
    > First, if you follow a list all those people’s tweets should be added to your home feed.

    Absolutely not. If you want these people’s tweets in your home feed, you should follow them. I make lists of people that I definitely *don’t* want to see in my home feed….

    > Second, if you follow a list you should be able to send your Tweets to people on just that list.

    This has a lot of appeal but it would probably just end up with millions of spam-bots spamming lists. Of course, this is going to happen to G+. It will be interesting to see if Google can keep spam out of G+ because it has done it with Gmail, and failed miserably at keeping it out of Search.

    > Third, if you follow a list, you should be able to send private messages to those people.

    That would make it possible for you to DM anybody just by putting them on a list, wouldn’t it? Again, I’d expect that to lead to truckloads of DM spam, possibly rendering the system useless.

    I think these are all problems that, sooner or later, are going to hurt G+. Initially, I thought G+ was the new FriendFeed, rather than the new Facebook or Twitter. As I get to know it better, I think it might well turn out to be the new Usenet.

    1. “…  I make lists of people that I definitely *don’t* want to see in my home feed “…  if you don’t want to read their tweets why do you follow them? Is this what they call ‘the numbers game’ ??

      1. I have lists that I only want to see the feed when I look at the list and don’t want in my regular feed. For example, I have a NASCAR list of people I don’t follow. I watch the list during races but have no desire to see the rest of their feeds during the work week.

        1. Great reason Dave. I know I for one would not like to read a ton of NASCAR tweets lol. ;-)
          That makes total sense to me, but a list to just NOT see, I don’t get it *shrug*

          1. You create a list, but those tweets don’t go to the TM. Now, if you want to read about NASCAR you don’t have to search who to search because you already have that list.

  80. These are terrific ideas.It’s amazing how quickly you think of things companies can do to improve, rather than just criticizing them. I had gotten to the “twitter is boring” stage, but the only thing I could think of was to spend less time there myself:-) I hadn’t give two consecutive thoughts about how to improve it. But how will anything improve if all we do is criticize without constructive suggestions?

     I am commenting here because there are fewer comments here and I think I will be noticed more easily:-)

  81. I auto post on Twitter quite often, that’s because I use statistics that I get outside of Twitter to measure the engagement that I have. The times I auto post at is always at a time I am awake and can engage with followers. I also auto post about the lists that I have spend hours carefully curating.

    Auto posting isn’t bad, it’s like a press conference which is held at a time that it will be possible to get in the prime time news. Or publishing your findings during a conference. Or even presenting a new product just before a big trade show. What’s most important is to be available for the engagement afterwards.

    EDIT: I only auto post original content.

  82. By sticking to profile-based, human accounts, G+ makes it tough to shoot from the hip and try to amuse. Twitter is so compact, you don’t need engagement as proof of value. Instead, you can test ideas that either die as text or bloom as blogs or videos elsewhere. Without the freedom of anonymity, can G+ start and pass memes around? Will people feel safe being NSFW? Those are key questions for me.

  83. I think that Twitter and G+ are totally different beasts. Why should Twitter change just because G+ has arived and we’re all enamoured? I think you’re nit-picking and finding fault for the sake of finding fault. I’m glad you’re in love with your G+ account but that doesn’t make Twitter any less engaging and interesting. Yes there are bots and spammers and trust me, they’ll get to G+ too, but it’s early days and everything seems perfect there so far.

    I don’t NEED extra bells and whistles. I engage so much on Twitter and enjoy reaching a far greater audience than I could do on other networks. I learn from Twitter. I’m yet to say that about G+ but I reserve judgement until things are a bit more settled.

  84. I think pictures uploading in the background from Android phones (right now) is genius. The images are ready to share when you want to take pictures first and post later. Adding/sharing photos in Twitter always felt clumsy.

  85. For people using these tools for business perhaps it’s different, but for me, it’s personal. 

    As a ‘non-writer’ I love twitter because I can post a tidbit comment or link and if people like it they will ‘talk’ to me about it. If they don’t like it, I haven’t wasted a ton of time writing something no-one cares about.

    Also, I work full time as I’m sure a lot of you do, but most of my day is NOT spent on line so I don’t have time to read tons of posts as they are written on FB. Again, if I like something I will favourite it on twitter and read it when I DO have time.

    One thing that REALLY upsets me is the numbers game (because for me it’s personal). I only follow people I think I might have at least one thing in common with. Why follow people or make lists of ‘who NOT to read’ if you have no interest in them whatsoever?

    I have spent years making lists on twitter, and I am carefully preparing circles too. I try to put people together who really do have common interests so that others CAN follow one of my lists and know that they don’t include bots etc, and they will have quality people to meet / interact with.

    I AM spending more time on G+ right now but I’m thinking it’s because I’m spending so much time learning and setting it up. Only time will tell.

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, they help a lot :-)

  86. Twitter remains superior in real-time search results; discovering relevant, focused information and photos of news and weather that is happening right now.  The power of search.twitter.com remains unsung but we use it constantly at weather.com.  

    Cannot wait for plus.google.com to become searchable when google.com/realtime is resurrected.  When that happens, we may see + begin to tread into Twitter waters.

  87. Twitter remains superior in real-time search results; discovering relevant, focused information and photos of news and weather that is happening right now.  The power of search.twitter.com remains unsung but we use it constantly at weather.com.  

    Cannot wait for plus.google.com to become searchable when google.com/realtime is resurrected.  When that happens, we may see + begin to tread into Twitter waters.

  88. Funny enough, I can digest the Scoble onslaught easier on Twitter than I can on G+ … High volume activity like yours is more palatable there for me. other lower volume stuff is better on G+…

  89. G+ has the same flaw Facebook has that makes Twitter a hands down winner for shy, anxiety-disorder introverted people like me:

    There are no conversation streams with strangers like Twitter hashtags. The ONLY content comes from those you ask to follow you.

    On Twitter, I’m nearing 1000 people in my stream. On Facebook, I have 60- almost all are high school classmates, and only 2-3 people ever talk to me. I have no friends in real life, and have no coworkers. Even if I DO know someone, on Facebook I feel I’m bugging them if I ask them to add me.

    Same thing with G+: I have 6 people in my stream. So there’s no content, and I can’t start talking politics in the #p2 thread to meet hundreds of people.

    For those who know many, G+ is great I’m sure. For us shy types… It’s tons of blank white space.

    1. I can appreciate where you’re coming from, as I too have difficulty knowing people in real life. 

      When I joined G+, I knew about half a dozen people (only two of which were people I knew in real life; the others came from twitter). I just started looking around at peoples’ comments and adding the ones who said interesting things to one of my circles. It gave me a feed to follow, and I commented on their posts, circled their commenters, and so on. It feeds itself quickly, without having to go out and invite people to join me. 

      Right now, people are usually circling you back. So as long as you interact in the comments of posts and share some links/videos/thoughts of your own now and then, you get a nice little community going pretty quickly. 

      That aspect if MUCH stronger than FB.

  90. Nice post Robert. Twitter should be paying for your analysis. If anyone at Twitter reads these posts, please send Robert a check.

  91. I like G+ more in many ways than Twitter, but not all.  
    I wish there was a way to utilize the comment section as maybe a ‘baby circle’ to continue or transform an active comment section into a circle of its own. 

  92. Robert,

    Totally true about @Twylah:disqus 

    It’s so much more exciting than what Twitter has going on with their landing page.

    I’ve been using Eric’s platform for a while, and I love it.

    Here’s my landing page over @Twylah:twitter  - http://www.twylah.com/FranchiseKing

    The Franchise King® 
    Joel Libava 

  93. While I respect what Twitter has done; however, I believe it expanded well beyond its usefulness  - primarily due to a single number: 140. Should be interesting to watch the following: the developer ecosystem, the feature set (and competitor responses), how many people simply drop either FB or Twitter, how many personalities stay loyal to the very end, how many new types of 3rd party apps get developed to mash it all together, and of course, the continual change in the social graph.

    1. Uhm…it was obviously an “Aqui-hire”: Paul Bucheit built them the FB Messaging/Social Inbox thing, and Bret Taylor is now CTO of Facebook. As in CHIEF TECH officer…

      1. Fair enough, I was more talking about how they haven’t incorporated much of what I thought made FF (the product) unique. I understand they were more motivated by the talent.

  94. Thanks Robert for the Twylah plug.  Trying our best to add value and make Twitter more accessible and understandable.  More than anything, though, really trying to add value to Twitter publishers through increased viewer engagement and through monetization, very much along the lines of this WSJ piece by Rolfe Winkler: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304203304576446084269052592.html

  95. Agree ! Love + over twitter.. I too dont find it exiting anymore.. Nice to read ur stuff on G+…

  96. Great post Robert. I’m glad you take the time out to actually list ideas for improving the service (as you have done in the past). As a Twitter developer I’ve been following their progress closely for several years and unfortunately it just doesn’t seem that many of these ideas are in the cards. They don’t cater to new users and providing a “simple” experience, which is what they believe will continue to drive their growth. Perhaps Google+ will change some of that… it remains to be seen.

    In the meantime, I believe there is still room for better Twitter clients to address these problems, and I’ve been building one! Siftee has a few unique features that I think you’d find very appealing: you can tag your tweets and DMs, you can sort your friends and followers by properties like location or when they joined Twitter or better yet their Klout scores, and you can search over your personal streams such as your sent tweets, mentions, DMs and favorites because we archive all that for you automatically.

    Moving forward we will definitely implement features to filter streams by Klout score (as you suggested in #3 for dealing with Twitter spam). Another idea is to filter a stream using a list, so you could do something like filter your mentions to only show people in your tech-influencers list or some such. 

    We’d love to have you (and anyone else reading this) as a beta tester. Check out http://beta.siftee.com/

    Orian Marx
    Founder / CEO – Siftee
    @orian:twitter  @siftee:twitter

  97. Well, I don’t really need any of those things you’re talking about — they are for power users, geeks, people aspiring to use these systems as broadcasters to the masses. I will go on using Twitter along with G+ because it’s very spare. It’s very short. I don’t want videos and pictures and demotivators and crap in my view — G+ is just too distended. Shares repeat too much. Instead of clicking one little thing “MENTION” to see if anyone answered my tweet, I get these notifications in Google that say someone answered my post, but then I have to click AGAIN to see it.

    I just want one thing from the Twitter devs: stop this top tweet stuff on hashtags. It’s just so uber annoying. It’s like the way Wikipedia always floats to the top of every damn search merely because people link it because they see it. when you are trying to follow an emergency or a news event or a crisis, it’s damn annoying to see at the top of the feed the “leader boards” of whoever got most retweeted. That might be the government spinning something. That might be some wild anarchist sowing rumours. I just want to see what is new and FRESHEST on a disaster like a terrorist attack or mass demonstration, I don’t want to keep those same damn top tweets in the view.
     

  98. A picture and Video Support would be surely awesome. along with the stats.You are so true .Loved the post

  99. If you’re finding Twitter boring, it’s because you’re following boring people.

    I actually think G+ is a bigger threat to WordPress or Tumblr than it is Twitter or Facebook. I’m not convinced long form social networking really has a place outside of a small minority of bloggers and self-promoters. It’s too much work – both in the doing and the receiving. ‘Normal’ people simply don’t have the time to spend hours each day making and reading long posts and comments, whereas Twitter’s speed and efficiency therein is still a huge advantage. And Google+ isn’t different enough to Facebook to challenge it. 

    Sure, it looks popular now but it’s deceptive, as the combination of invite-only and massive enthusiasm by already well-followed tech superstars is illusionary. Remove those guys from your feed and it’s a ghost town. Follow more than a couple of them and the noise becomes overwhelming. This is a huge problem going forward.

  100. Agree. That’s Why people tell that G+ is a Twitter killer.BUT Google has a Long proven record of “Pissing people with privacy”.But twitter still leads on these categories

    1)Search (Some times it works)–Any body head of G+ search?
    2)Twitter’s Power full API graph.(Should wait till G+ releases one)
    most importantly
    Both Twitter and G+ doesn’t control the Noise inside it(Till date)

    So lets see who wins in the long race

  101. More features more features more features. What else would you expect from a pundit who hasn’t actually built anything of value? Mr Scoble is an ideas man. That amounts to very little.

  102. Quite interesting article though twitter doesn’t have the facility of placing videos or pictures people can submit respective url’s which can direct them to respective video or a picture  yes from user experience point of view google plus certainly far better but guys think on this twitter a micro blogging site and google plus on other hand a complete social networking platform.Lets hope with passing sands of time twiitter might come with some interesting strategies.

    Well found a interesting webinar link http://cms.edynamic.net/Driving-the-Conversion-Engine.aspx, this is on  Website Conversion Best Practices for B2B Technology Firms, for more details visit url pasted above.

  103. I’m really interested in what’s going on at Google+ and I’m pretty active there but – I have to say – the long comment threads there are totally overwhelming and most of the comments I’m seeing there don’t add much value. All they do is make the place look like a lot of work and it makes the stream not scannable at all. When I go back to Twitter it looks cleaner, more current, and I get much more value out of my time spent on Twitter compared to Google +. Like I said, it’s still early for Google+ but it’s not scaling well for me right now. Google+ is not a Twitter killer just like FriendFeed was not a Twitter killer.

  104. I just got invited to Google + and i thought I would Plus 1 this so it appears on my page … uh oh, I can only share on Twitter and Facebook. 

    The Irony.

  105. the big mistake for twitter would be to try to match up feature for feature with facebook and google+.  twitter is a great short-burst communications, one-to-many medium – they need to build on that core differentiation rather than cluttering up their interface.  i like the idea of more statistics.

    the beauty of google when it came out was that it was simple, powerful, uncluttered versus yahoo.  more importantly, it was different.  i hope you’re not advocating that twitter join the arms race between facebook and google.

  106. >>>and my ego gets fed when I see 3,000 people commented

    That’s your idea about drawing people in?  Making people read 3,000 bong hits to your ego?

    This entire approach centers around *you*, not everyday people.

    I’ve already covered what Twitter has to do.  See better ideas here:

    What A Twitter For Grown-Ups Could Look Like
    http://mikecanex.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/what-a-twitter-for-grown-ups-could-look-like/

    Why Twitter Should Buy webdoc If Apple Won’t
    http://mikecanex.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/why-twitter-should-buy-webdoc-if-apple-wont/

    And really, Klout scores?  Mine is 55.  It’s meaningless.  So is yours.

  107. It sounds like you are asking Twitter to undo everything that’s gotten them where they are today. Simplicity. And information distilled down as small as possible to still convey a message.

    1. Well, what made Henry Ford are the same things. Today’s cars are far more complex and are much more enjoyable to drive than the Model A that made Ford a household name. Times change and it’s time for Twitter to change too.

      1. The car didn’t transform into something it’s not though, the car Evolved. If the car had suddenly decided to change into an airplane it wouldn’t meet the needs of most people. Twitter is the same way, they can Evolve into somthing better but they can’t change their core purpose, core simplicity. 37signals is a simple service but yet has evolved into something that still meets most people’s needs.

      2. The car didn’t transform into something it’s not though, the car Evolved. If the car had suddenly decided to change into an airplane it wouldn’t meet the needs of most people. Twitter is the same way, they can Evolve into somthing better but they can’t change their core purpose, core simplicity. 37signals is a simple service but yet has evolved into something that still meets most people’s needs.

  108. The comparison between your two pages didn’t leave me in raptures about Google + The page looked messy, long and convoluted…..and I wasn’t inspired to even bother reading it.Twitter is short,  to the point and you can run your eyes down the script and pick out which posts you want to follow further at a glance. Boring? I don’t find Twitter boring…….but I only follow people that are of interest.The beauty of Twitter is the 140 characters…people have to think about what they are saying. Social networking can be a huge time waster and take people from the real work of their websites and businesses.Twitter works well.

    1. I check my inbound list every other day and it has a couple of hundred active users. Out of that small list I miss a good portion of updates, but at least I feel a connection to the sources. With 32k updaters it must be tough to get to know users, their motivations, and their specialties.

  109. Personally I think Twitter needs to stay as is … lean. Leave the longer busy “noise” to G+ and Facebook since most social network users are going to have a couple tools anyway. I don’t currently see a beat them all one client. (the same advice applies to other software from browsers to programming tools … give me a couple  – one full featured and one simple, thin and lean)

  110. Um, am I one of the only people here who has not signed up as a “Yes Man” to this post?
    Comparing Twitter to G+ is like comparing a search engine to a website.

    I can’t even begin to explain on how many levels this post is just simply wrong.
    G+ is nothing more then a social tool too maintain communications within inner circles of preferred relationships. I may follow some people on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to enlist them into one of my G+ circles. 

    Google+ appears to be more intimate while Twitter is simply a light-weight portal to access information. I may retrieve this information from close friends or distant strangers.

    If you are using Twitter correctly, chances are that Twitter may not be an intimate encounter for you. Of course you can Tweet up with your friends and relatives, but Twitter is about milking the Internet and more importantly the world for commerce of “value”. 

    If you are using Twitter correctly, you can extract powerful bits of information and data touch points that you can use to bring betterment to your life and/or work craft.

    Google+ simply allows me to post and more importantly expound on things that I find interesting and to push that info to an inner crowd source. I have to maintain these groups and what it is that I believe these groups would find valuable.

    With Twitter, nothing needs to be maintained. I have followers who for some reason find me intriguing and they sign up to receive more bits of info that represent me.

    Within seconds I can post a tweet, have that tweet re-tweeted, favorited, with all links accessed in record time.

    To say that Google+ has made Twitter boring is completely off. Google+ actually enhances Twitter because now I have even more reason to use the portal transportation capabilities of Twitter to push these people to my Google+ account. In other words, it’s nothing more then business as usual. I’m doing absolutely nothing different from what I was doing before.

    Twitter has also caused a paradigm shift in terms of communication. Gone are the days when we inquire what people are doing. Technology has caused mankind to become somewhat narcissistic in regards to communication. So in other words, I’m not too concerned about what you’re doing, I’m simply telling you what I’m doing. I’m pushing information initially instead of pulling it in. Or am I? 
    You see people who know how to use Twitter properly know that as long as I’m pushing information to others who are like minded and pushing their information, I will always be “pulling” information as a result (think about it.)

    Google+ is awesome and I luv it. But there’s too much maintenance involved.

    Long live Twitter, the fastest, most effective and most used social tool that allows me to be me.
    I don’t have to tweet and then decide what circle to assign that tweet or pic to, I simply post and the world decides if I’m worthy enough to follow.

    On the other hand, if you want to hang out with me specifically and have a more intimate relationship, look me up on Google+ and I’ll decide if I want to let you into my circle :)

  111. Um, am I one of the only people here who has not signed up as a “Yes Man” to this post?
    Comparing Twitter to G+ is like comparing a search engine to a website.

    I can’t even begin to explain on how many levels this post is just simply wrong.
    G+ is nothing more then a social tool too maintain communications within inner circles of preferred relationships. I may follow some people on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to enlist them into one of my G+ circles. 

    Google+ appears to be more intimate while Twitter is simply a light-weight portal to access information. I may retrieve this information from close friends or distant strangers.

    If you are using Twitter correctly, chances are that Twitter may not be an intimate encounter for you. Of course you can Tweet up with your friends and relatives, but Twitter is about milking the Internet and more importantly the world for commerce of “value”. 

    If you are using Twitter correctly, you can extract powerful bits of information and data touch points that you can use to bring betterment to your life and/or work craft.

    Google+ simply allows me to post and more importantly expound on things that I find interesting and to push that info to an inner crowd source. I have to maintain these groups and what it is that I believe these groups would find valuable.

    With Twitter, nothing needs to be maintained. I have followers who for some reason find me intriguing and they sign up to receive more bits of info that represent me.

    Within seconds I can post a tweet, have that tweet re-tweeted, favorited, with all links accessed in record time.

    To say that Google+ has made Twitter boring is completely off. Google+ actually enhances Twitter because now I have even more reason to use the portal transportation capabilities of Twitter to push these people to my Google+ account. In other words, it’s nothing more then business as usual. I’m doing absolutely nothing different from what I was doing before.

    Twitter has also caused a paradigm shift in terms of communication. Gone are the days when we inquire what people are doing. Technology has caused mankind to become somewhat narcissistic in regards to communication. So in other words, I’m not too concerned about what you’re doing, I’m simply telling you what I’m doing. I’m pushing information initially instead of pulling it in. Or am I? 
    You see people who know how to use Twitter properly know that as long as I’m pushing information to others who are like minded and pushing their information, I will always be “pulling” information as a result (think about it.)

    Google+ is awesome and I luv it. But there’s too much maintenance involved.

    Long live Twitter, the fastest, most effective and most used social tool that allows me to be me.
    I don’t have to tweet and then decide what circle to assign that tweet or pic to, I simply post and the world decides if I’m worthy enough to follow.

    On the other hand, if you want to hang out with me specifically and have a more intimate relationship, look me up on Google+ and I’ll decide if I want to let you into my circle :)

  112. Um, am I one of the only people here who has not signed up as a “Yes Man” to this post?
    Comparing Twitter to G+ is like comparing a search engine to a website.

    I can’t even begin to explain on how many levels this post is just simply wrong.
    G+ is nothing more then a social tool too maintain communications within inner circles of preferred relationships. I may follow some people on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to enlist them into one of my G+ circles. 

    Google+ appears to be more intimate while Twitter is simply a light-weight portal to access information. I may retrieve this information from close friends or distant strangers.

    If you are using Twitter correctly, chances are that Twitter may not be an intimate encounter for you. Of course you can Tweet up with your friends and relatives, but Twitter is about milking the Internet and more importantly the world for commerce of “value”. 

    If you are using Twitter correctly, you can extract powerful bits of information and data touch points that you can use to bring betterment to your life and/or work craft.

    Google+ simply allows me to post and more importantly expound on things that I find interesting and to push that info to an inner crowd source. I have to maintain these groups and what it is that I believe these groups would find valuable.

    With Twitter, nothing needs to be maintained. I have followers who for some reason find me intriguing and they sign up to receive more bits of info that represent me.

    Within seconds I can post a tweet, have that tweet re-tweeted, favorited, with all links accessed in record time.

    To say that Google+ has made Twitter boring is completely off. Google+ actually enhances Twitter because now I have even more reason to use the portal transportation capabilities of Twitter to push these people to my Google+ account. In other words, it’s nothing more then business as usual. I’m doing absolutely nothing different from what I was doing before.

    Twitter has also caused a paradigm shift in terms of communication. Gone are the days when we inquire what people are doing. Technology has caused mankind to become somewhat narcissistic in regards to communication. So in other words, I’m not too concerned about what you’re doing, I’m simply telling you what I’m doing. I’m pushing information initially instead of pulling it in. Or am I? 
    You see people who know how to use Twitter properly know that as long as I’m pushing information to others who are like minded and pushing their information, I will always be “pulling” information as a result (think about it.)

    Google+ is awesome and I luv it. But there’s too much maintenance involved.

    Long live Twitter, the fastest, most effective and most used social tool that allows me to be me.
    I don’t have to tweet and then decide what circle to assign that tweet or pic to, I simply post and the world decides if I’m worthy enough to follow.

    On the other hand, if you want to hang out with me specifically and have a more intimate relationship, look me up on Google+ and I’ll decide if I want to let you into my circle :)

  113. Um, am I one of the only people here who has not signed up as a “Yes Man” to this post?
    Comparing Twitter to G+ is like comparing a search engine to a website.

    I can’t even begin to explain on how many levels this post is just simply wrong.
    G+ is nothing more then a social tool too maintain communications within inner circles of preferred relationships. I may follow some people on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to enlist them into one of my G+ circles. 

    Google+ appears to be more intimate while Twitter is simply a light-weight portal to access information. I may retrieve this information from close friends or distant strangers.

    If you are using Twitter correctly, chances are that Twitter may not be an intimate encounter for you. Of course you can Tweet up with your friends and relatives, but Twitter is about milking the Internet and more importantly the world for commerce of “value”. 

    If you are using Twitter correctly, you can extract powerful bits of information and data touch points that you can use to bring betterment to your life and/or work craft.

    Google+ simply allows me to post and more importantly expound on things that I find interesting and to push that info to an inner crowd source. I have to maintain these groups and what it is that I believe these groups would find valuable.

    With Twitter, nothing needs to be maintained. I have followers who for some reason find me intriguing and they sign up to receive more bits of info that represent me.

    Within seconds I can post a tweet, have that tweet re-tweeted, favorited, with all links accessed in record time.

    To say that Google+ has made Twitter boring is completely off. Google+ actually enhances Twitter because now I have even more reason to use the portal transportation capabilities of Twitter to push these people to my Google+ account. In other words, it’s nothing more then business as usual. I’m doing absolutely nothing different from what I was doing before.

    Twitter has also caused a paradigm shift in terms of communication. Gone are the days when we inquire what people are doing. Technology has caused mankind to become somewhat narcissistic in regards to communication. So in other words, I’m not too concerned about what you’re doing, I’m simply telling you what I’m doing. I’m pushing information initially instead of pulling it in. Or am I? 
    You see people who know how to use Twitter properly know that as long as I’m pushing information to others who are like minded and pushing their information, I will always be “pulling” information as a result (think about it.)

    Google+ is awesome and I luv it. But there’s too much maintenance involved.

    Long live Twitter, the fastest, most effective and most used social tool that allows me to be me.
    I don’t have to tweet and then decide what circle to assign that tweet or pic to, I simply post and the world decides if I’m worthy enough to follow.

    On the other hand, if you want to hang out with me specifically and have a more intimate relationship, look me up on Google+ and I’ll decide if I want to let you into my circle :)

  114. Twitter is playing a completely different ballgame than Facebook and Google+; it is unfair to compare the two.  Anyone looking to read a comparison between Google+ and Facebook should check out this post on Fiberlink’s website: http://links.maas360.com/googleplus

  115. I agree with much of what you said but the reason I like lists is because I can keep my timeline clean but maintain the ability to refer to specific user groups. Specifically, I like RSS accounts as long as I can maintain them in a list.

  116. I am really happy you are not actually designing or writting specs for products.

    I also admire how easily you milk one cow, then move on the next one, killing the hand that graceously fed you.

    Anyhow, lets go over your suggestions:

    Then, Twitter should add some stats on each twitterer. Stuff like “how many retweets has she gotten today?” or “how many @ replies does this user answer?”

    Do you have this on wave? Now, because of the different clients and the anatomy of a tweet something send to @scobleizer, might not necessary be recorder as reply. What if it is just a mention (the first time you send an  @somebody:twitter ), so you see it gets complicated and twitter is not complicated, or least so they claim.

    Why should I be able to DM an entire list I’ve subscribed to? So much spam it will generate… I am a follower, not a source in that list.

    Search is quite good, half of the stuff if not more you mention is available in the advanced. Is google search any better? No spam and SEO optimized sites on top you say?

    The list goes on and on…

  117. This assumes that you have ability/mandate/time to spend all your time Tweeting or Google+ing. But the fact is that +versations are still siloed. You have to go to g+ to see anything there. It’s outside of my workflows at least, and no more integrated in my day-to-day than Facebook. When g+ integrates with the rest of the social world and gets apps to extend it in interesting ways, it’s a distraction for me.

    That’s what Twitter has going for it. It’s the cacophony that is its virtue. Pop in, see what’s up, move on. Have an app open in the background. Use Tweetdeck to monitor a dozen or more streams at once. Yes, you miss 99.9% of what’s coming through, but that’s not the point.

    Google+ is really one big robust forum, with easy addition of images and video. Nice. But when it starts to find relevance in what exists already, then it can start to take off. But it has to work for the casual user. You, Robert, are not a normal user. Your use cases may be well solved by g+, but what about geeks who don’t communicate for a living? What about non-geeks? I think that’s still as yet unproven, and perhaps we won’t know for some time yet.

  118. Putting engagement stats under each tweet is an interesting idea. They are now surfacing “top tweets” in search results, and it’s definitely amplifying them (just got retweeted 200 times because one of my tweets was sitting at the top of a trending topic search). But Twitter is meant to be fast, and I don’t want to pay attention to just the best tweets because that way I’d miss out on so much!

  119. Don’t agree that Twitter is getting boring; but do agree that it could be doing MUCH more. I’ll feel like it’s eons at a time before they make any major product upgrades. The suggestions in this post are money. — williamjohnson.ca

  120. Thanks.  Very good points.  Never considered that Google+ and Twitter could be side by side comparisons and perhaps they can’t but I really do like your suggestions to make Twitter more social and interactive. They do have an amazing opportunity to take Twitter far higher. 

  121. Scoble, what would help your Twitter page is getting a new background. Having the same picture tiled is just tacky. I mean, who does that? It takes away from the rest of the page.

  122. Twitter has been boring to begin with for me, but that is because I am learning it for the first time.  I have been amazed how many useful resources are shared in it, but these can be shared anywhere else as well. 

  123. Twitter has been boring to begin with for me, but that is because I am learning it for the first time.  I have been amazed how many useful resources are shared in it, but these can be shared anywhere else as well. 

  124. After a while Twitter does get to be a bit 1-dimensional. G+ is starting to pull me away from both Twitter and Facebook more and more. Engagement within G+ is much more robust.

  125. There are two basic types of people on Twitter:

    1) People who follow a small number of people (dozens or hundreds) and read all, or most of, what is shared. To them, Twitter is like a book where you want to read every page and you make sure you don’t miss anything.

    2) People who follow thousands and for them, Twitter is like a river – you step in, you absorb a lot while you’re there, and you step out. What continues to flow when you’re gone is lost.

    Neither is right or wrong, and of course there are nuances in between. I’m the first kind of person. I follow a small number of people or companies that I want to deeply engage with, reading and interacting with everything they do. For me, using Twitter in that way makes far more sense than the other option.

  126. Robert well said. i have been a Twitter user since the beginning. I am now an enormous Twylah fan and wonder WTF is taking Twitter so long to add move value the way Twylah does. The SEO alone that we are getting off the Twylah pages is significant let alone the ability to create real value out of all my and MediaTrust’s twitter stream….

    Twylah could be what Blogger was to Google….

  127. When G+ lets me put 2 (or more) circles in my stream (by the way Google 2 or more circles make a “sphere” HINT HINT) , so that I can customize it without having to either
    A) Hop, flea-like from one circle’s stream to another circle’s stream or 
    B) Read a lot of dreck in my default stream (and I’m not following that many ppl)
    I will find myself spending more time there. Essentially if I can have a more FB UX with content more aligned with what I get from Twitter… Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

  128. Ok, so I thought when you circled someone it worked like Facebook and they had to approve it. If not, that’s good, because otherwise I’d never circle anyone for fear of bothering them. (Yay for low self esteem!)

    I understand what you’re saying now- you have to search for other people and instead of the conversations occurring in hashtags as on Twitter, it’s happening in comments. Gotcha.

    Thanks. I will give it a whirl, see if I can start some content coming my way!

  129. I’m with you. I find Google+ to be utterly pointless, as well as surprisingly irritating. Facebook, which supposedly has such rotten security issues, WILL let me hide ALL information from people (provided I ferret out the settings & set them myself). I have yet to discover how Google+ would allow me to hide either my gender or my picture.

  130. It is amazing how delusional people are regarding Google+.  IT hasn’t made Twitter boring for anyone since most people are not using it…not even the people that signed up since most have no gone back after the first night.

  131. Google’s strategy here is to control the social noise and find a way to monetize it, not compete with twitter and facebook.

  132. I got more problems with Google+ here. Just wrote about them here: http://ahmedshuja.com/post/7798305936/google-plus-profiles-fail

  133. Shorter Scoble:
    Twitter needs to stop being Twitter, despite it’s awesome succsess at being Twitter, and it should be Google+ instead!

    Future Scoble articles:

    Hotdog stands should get chairs and tables, widen their menus to include pasta and pizzas, and relocate into somewhere with a roof to protect from the rain and offer live music.

  134. Very powerful comparison — thanks… I blogged about this column here:  http://www.webfadds.com/2011/07/is-google-the-next-big-thing/

    I think the engagement factor is a big one in comparing Twitter to Google+.  In both venues, the key will be “authentic connection” rather than simply pushing out links to content that reside somewhere else.  Is Google+ complicated?  A bit… but the powerful benefit of its features rewards those that embrace the learning curve. 

    Hey… how is Rackspace working with Google+?

  135. I like some of the suggestions, but Twitter isn’t trying to be G+. Twitter is something unique and proven… I’m really liking G+, but Twitter should stick to being Twitter, because they’re not going to out-G+ Google+.

  136. twitter call them self as microblogging site , and trying to copy some one else is not so good.. where as G+ is , Facebook+Twitter+Tumblr .. and twitter list is not that useful ,

  137. Meh, I don’t even want to use Twitter anymore. All G+ needs to do is add a way to see Public updates and filter through what everybody is talking about at the moment then I’d be off of Twitter for good.

  138. Hello Robert,

    I agree that Google Plus seems much more interesting than Twitter.. and it could attract the current users base of Twitter… what I like is that it remove some drawbacks of twitter: 140 chars limits, no comments threads…

    But it will be more difficult to threaten Facebook because a lot of people will not want to move, they do not even know that Google Plus exist… not everyone is geek ;) , read high-tech news… so I believe a lot of people will stay on Facebook (not easy for them to move their photos, friends…etc).

    I have started a collaborative comparison of these 3 social networks, it could be interesting to improve it with your readers : http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/google-plus-vs-facebook-vs-twitter-comparison-table

    Do not hesitate to share it or vote for your favorite social network (but I think we already know what it is ;)
    Thanks
    Vanina

  139. I think that Twitter is a social phenomena, and has taken on a Fun aspect that other Social Media Platforms don’t quite understand.  Google Plus Me, just doesn’t have the same ring to it.  Google is trying to be too cute by half, and alot of the people who like Google Plus never got the hang of Twitter.  I can tell that much by the Author’s Comments and some of the other comments in this thread.

    I am associated with a group of over 150k Followers on Twitter, and I tell you, it’s a whole different ball game when you are managing something so fast and furious as that.  I have never created a list once, nor do I care who has listed me. 

    That alone, tells me the author was not shooting in the same direction when he writes that he (sic) “spent hundreds of hours” developing lists on Twitter.

    Enjoy Google Plus, for all we know it’s just another goofy Google thing they’ll lose interest in as soon as they don’t get the response they desire.

    BTW:  I found this thread from a Tweet.  Not from any other method. I still Tweet at @Samuel_Clemons

  140. I’m afraid to mention iPad, iPhone, MacBook (or any Apple device) on Twitter because it always gets me about 10 spam replies.

  141. G+ is really starting to make some 

    moves …. Interesting that Google knows how to respond to competiton and yet Microsoft somehow still is stuck in the Sand… Bummer

  142. +Robert Scoble read your article about the mess that Twitter is in and your point about the lack of engagement from Twitter in their OWN platform has always been the thing that had bugged me the most.@hope140 their own charity account follows very few people and tweets so rarely and erratically that, speaking as someone who works within the charity sector, I was incredibly disappointed at this loss of an opportunity as for me Twitter has been an amazing tool within the Third Sector.Another recent addition was the activation of the @twitteruk account to bring the Twitter ethos to the shores of Blighty. As with @hope140, this has been a dismal failure and my many attempts to converse with this account have only been met with silence.I always believed that Twitter genuinely had a chance at bringing about a massive change for good in the World, but their lack of participation has left me feeling sad and frustrated.

  143. Yes most the people think link this but i don’t think so that twitter made boring to itself twitter have different goal which already has been achieved but i must say Gplus is going great as all expected 

  144. You’re basically asking Twitter to change what made it fun in the first place. Just because you think it’s boring now doesn’t mean that everyone feel the same way. Although some of the ideas do sound good, such as enhancing the way Twitter Lists work.

    As far as the auto-posting goes, Google+ will eventually release an API that will allow people to essentially do the same thing. If you don’t find value in following an account anymore, simply stop following them. I know it sounds harsh, but I really don’t think this should be blamed on Twitter.

  145. I see a huge  opportunity for Google+ to take the lead on building true communities, but I feel like there’s a huge, gapping hole. Maybe I’m just missing it, but one nice thing about Twitter is that you can use hashtags to build a community. I can easily search for a hashtag and immediately get in the conversation.

    With Google+, it seems that I could create a circle, a group of people who MAY see what I say, or I could follow a spark. Either way, there’s a cohesiveness missing there. Another place where Google+ could really learn from FB is to mix up posts…instead of having them chronologically listed, where I can see 20 status updates from one person.

    There’s a lot of Google+ chatter on Google+, so at the point that Google+ is no longer the topic of choice, will interest die down?

    I know those are a lot of thoughts that probably don’t warrant any response, but I’m just a normal guy, thinking like a normal person.

    Great post Mr. Scoble! I appreciate everything you’re doing to help push on the edges of technology to see where they’re soft!

  146. you should maybe take a look at weibo.com (the “chinese twitter”), it’s one of those chinese services that didn’t just copy the format, but improved and innovated upon it. pictures and videos are integrated neatly into the stream, there’s commenting and/or sharing of posts directly viewable under the original post and much more (e.g. direct integration of music search for posting a song). you would need someone chinese or maybe try google translate for starters. here’s my weibo stream:
    http://weibo.com/puja108

  147. pictures and videos: Twitter could GO BUY ParrotFish from embedly. It’s a chrome extension that serves all the media inline on the flyout panel and makes twitter.com a tonne better. You can see the YT videos and all mobile photo uploads right there. Saves a whack of time also. No brainer.

  148. If there’s one thing that I would want twitter to change stat, is their real time search function, cause indeed, when you type a word, 3/4 of the results would be spam and a world away from the item you typed in. I wonder if Twitter is shaking in their boots or already planning a new interface anytime soon?