Why is no one talking about Twitter Tags?
No, I’m not speaking of those search functionaries known as #hashtags, I’m talking about regular tags that are a staple of bookmarks and blog posts.The ability to sort and share are fundamental to how we interact with digital information. However, Twitter seems to have ignored the power of this basic concept. and it’s time to give it some attention.
Twitter’s only tag
In truth Twitter does offer one tag, “Favorite”.
In the past few months Robert Scoble has introduced us to the power of “Favorite Tweets”. He took a single favorite button and created a short-hand best of twitter for the rest of us. He helped transform a long ignored feature by simply demonstrating its power. Suddenly I got it.
The purpose of Favorite Tweets is to share the best tweets from your stream.
Notice the key word in this phrase is share. Once we discovered the methods of sharing favorite tweets like RSS, Favstar, and twitter gadgets then we understand that favorite tweet streams are influential because they are curated by someone we trust. They are a massive shortcut. More tags = more sharing = more shortcuts
I think Twitter tags including favorite tweets are an even better way to share than retweets because I’m not forcing the tweets into my stream. To see my tagged tweets you have to opt-in. The system works and additional Twitter tags would allow us to focus “best of” streams around subjects, events, and interests.
Favorite tweets are awesome and it’s time to give this lonely tag some company.
Do you use favorite tweets? Would you use Twitter Tags? If so let me know by leaving a comment or send a tweet to @tsudo.
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Thanks for reading.
UPDATE: I’ve found that I’m not the only one that’s been thinking about Twitter tags.
- Kevin Sablan shared his idea of creating a Delicious-like plugin for twitter
- Jesse Stay was ahead of the curve posting about the need for a Twitter meta data layer in “Welcome to the Meta Revolution” in Aug 2009
- See the conversation about Twitter Tags on Friendfeed or SocialMedian
In summary, Twitter lists organize people, Twitter Tags should allow us to organize tweets.