Of course it isn’t realistic, but I wonder if people would be more likely to absorb good Twitter behavior if they had to follow people for a week before they could post.
I self-censor in Twitter at times because what I’m writing will be distributed to 1000+ people. I’m sure I still post crap from time to time, but I do make an effort. 😉
It’s similar to the mailing list warnings I’ve seen. I remember one that would tell you something like:
Your words will be sent to n people and approximately x man hours will be spent reading them. Are you sure you want to send this?
Steve and I have similar tastes in Twitter behavior. After much chit-chat, we have come to the conclusion that Twitter could be vastly improved if they simply changed the question from:
What are you doing?
Say something interesting.
Only somewhat snarkily submitted for your review. 😉
One other thing we’ve been discussing is how we react to “friending” activities in various social networks. I’ve gone so far as to set up a filter to auto-delete e-mail from Facebook, but similar e-mails from Twitter don’t seem to bother me. The difference is that the Facebook e-mails all come with a request for me to do something (log in, hit some buttons, etc.) while Twitter’s are just notifications that I can ignore or delete at my preference.
After discussing several different social networks, I’ve got a new postulate: the more a social network asks from me, the less likely I am to embrace it.
Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments.