I haven’t written a post about Twitter in a good, good long while. That’s not by accident, either. There’s PLENTY of blog buzz for Twitter, and it doesn’t need mine.
In fact, even in all of the seminars, panels, and presentations I’ve given in the last year, I’ve done my best to avoid discussing Twitter. Recently, I openly asked the audience to stop asking me questions about Twitter (and social media in general) and ask me interesting, hard questions. I might have turned some people off, but I think the majority of the people appreciated it.
So why stray from a good habit?
Something interesting happened in social media, for a change.
This past week, Twitter rolled out a new feature called Lists. Lists are a way to arrange people besides following them. When you create a new list and give it a title, the people you add to that list are quickly and easily associated not just to that title, but to the fact that you applied that title to them.
This is an interesting way to get normal people to arrange other normal people, apply metadata (the name and context of the list), and for people to discover each other thanks to these new, suggestive contexts.
Sounds pretty complicated. I threw in a bunch of big words for effect. What does this boil down to?
Now, I think this is exciting. It’s going to freak a lot of people out. Maybe that’s why I think it’s exciting.
Let’s take a look at the lists I’ve been added to. Check this out:
I took all of the words used to describe me via lists, cleaned them up, and pumped them into Wordle to illustrate prominent terms in my lists just a few days after launch. I’m interested to see how this cloud changes over time.
There are some oddball anomalies, like social media and design, but I’ll take it.
What’s prominent in your list cloud?