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Putting the Conversation Back into Twitter

Putting the Conversation Back into Twitter image Link Callout 300x271Some days it seems Twitter has moved from a social platform to a headline and link platform. I don’t know about you, but I miss the old days of Twitter where people shared insightful thoughts or strangers met through a conversation.

Communicating something useful or interesting in 140 characters was an art, and some practiced it well. This art is already being lost.

Today, 140 characters is just a promotion for 500 more words.

The only art applied is headlines and adding the personal endorsements (+100! anyone?) that make the headline and link more important than the 20 billion other headlines shared at the same time.

It is worth a reminder here: sharing is recommending someone takes their time to read the link you shared.

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How bad has it become? The other day I looked across 20+ Tweetdeck columns and all I could find were links. No conversation and nothing close to the art of communicating in 140 characters.

My Solution: Filter Out the Links

Putting the Conversation Back into Twitter image Filtered Tweetdeck 259x300Filter out links in TweetDeck for your All Friends column by filtering out any tweet that includes “http://”.

For the last week, I have changed my TweetDeck setting and I am finding those conversations and insights again right on Twitter, without needing to click a link.

Now my all friends stream is a place to discover potential conversations once again, and I still have more than 20 columns full of links if I’m looking for something longer to read. :-)

I also use Tweetdeck’s global filter extensively to remove sources like Twitterfeed and Foursquare, hashtags for TV shows I don’t care about and +K endorsements. Learn how here: Use Filters to Manage Twitter

Your Turn

Do you feel Twitter is a good place for conversation, or has it been taken over by links and promotions? Share your view in the comments below or just say hello to me on Twitter (@wittlake)!

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