I’ve been using twitter for the past couple of weeks, so thought I’d post some thoughts on it. The next one will be positive (see AJ, I’m keeping my posts short), but in this one I’ll look at the negatives.
My big issue with Twitter is that it’s not symmetrical in the way it forms relationships. In Facebook, if I make you my friend, then I am automatically your friend as well, ie we see each other’s profile, so it’s a mutual trust and respect. This is not the case in Twitter. I can follow you, but you are under no obligation to follow me.
The result of this is that I follow people who aren’t following me, and so while I can see their tweets, they don’t see mine. Far from feeling part of a global conversation one is left with the feeling of being outside the party. And rather than being democratic, it seems rather elitist to me – it is hot amongst the real neterati because we get to hear all their thoughts while they don’t have to listen to the unwashed (although bless Scoble, if you follow him, he automatically follows you). It ends up being more akin to traditional broadcast than one based around dialogue.