A few days ago, Amy Gahran and I exchanged some musings on social media tradeoffs. We agreed that it was much easier to share information on Twitter, that the immediate gratification was addicting, but that retrieval on Twitter is a not easy. Amy and I have noticed how our usage of RSS and social bookmarking seems to be less.
In the comments of a Read/Write post, Vanderwal.net also observes this problem.
I like the microblogging tagging as I have been wanting to add a small set of tags to my 4,500+ favorites I have starred in Twitter over the last 18 months or more I have used the service. Some of the best info I come across is flowing through Twitter and I stamp it for later, but I am missing an easy means to get back to it. Tags are one easy option, if I can get nice mobile access as the food and travel/city relevant info does me more use from a mobile.
Alan Levine also wrote a reflection about wanting to see a resurgence of blogging but also admitting how much fun it is share information via twitter.
From Marshall, over at Read/Write Web has wrote a piece called Five and Half Reasons To Fall in Love With Tagging Again. His point 5 is something that sounds like a dream come true to me to monitor Twitter for NpTech related items
I know I'm not alone in finding it much easier to share information over Twitter than by blogging or tagging in a social bookmarking app. Enter Hashtags. Like tagging for Twitter, hashtags are terms you put after a # in a post. Hashtags.org then aggregates all the tweets using a given tag and publishes an RSS feed. Reading a feed of short messages sent from the #sandiegofires was very interesting, for example.
Though you can certainly just subscribe to a search feed through a service like Terraminds - Hashtags let you do all the things in microblogging that you can do using the methods described in numbers 1 through 4 above. See also Dave Sifry's new project Hoosgot - a service he calls the Lazyweb for the age of Twitter.
Chris Heuer (who was on a tagging panel at Netsquared with Marshall and me two years ago) has some additional thoughts on tagging.
- So, if we add tags to Twitter we have a merge between object sharing and people sharing. What's nice it is that with social booking sites like del.icio.us, it is difficult to know who has shared the item unless their account is appropriate marked. This combination of tagging and tweets gives you both.
- I am hoping that those nptechers on twitter might adopt using hashtags and share information this way.
- I can't figure out how to subscribe to the RSS feed for #nptech at hashtags. Help!
Update: Here's the feed