Nice analysis from Ross Mayfield on IM, email and forums vs Twitter. Liked a couple of points where ppl point out that with Twitter there’d no moderator to step in. Also occurred to me that status updates In LinkedIn aren’t so far from Twitter in their informal appeal:
Yesterday on Twitter, I asked three questions:
- How do you explain to new Twitter users how it is different from IM?
- Great replies! Question #2: How do you explain the difference between Twitter & Email to the email generation?
- Question #3: How is Twitter different from a Forum?
How Twitter differs from IM, email and Forums is important because new users always compare things to what they know. Obviously there is a sample bias, the sheer diversity and pure gems in the below replies tell us something about what’s new.