I really like Twitter and I really dislike Facebook. That wasn't always the case. In fact it was quite the opposite about 3 years ago. I didn't even make my twitter account; the girl I was seeing at the time made it for me. She wanted a new follower. True story. Today I use Twitter as a business tool, as the front to my personalized newspaper, and sometimes a place to vent about New England Patriot games.
Here Are A Few Reasons Why We Like Twitter:
Facebook is becoming irrelevant to me because it's plagued with old friends (that I don't talk to anymore, nor care to reconnect with). It's a social media relic as far as I'm concerned (I know the numbers claim differently). Twitter is more recent and has the most relevant information to me today but I have no doubt will become an antiquated social tool, years from now. Anyways, what I really wanted to propose are two really awesome features I cooked up (and honestly others probably have thought about too) that Twitter should incorporate:
Here's What Twitter Needs:
1. Live Tweeting Context. Okay, I know what a hashtag is, but it's not enough. A hashtag has a longer lifespan than what I'm proposing. I think for something like: An NFL game, a context bar would add value to tweets. Twitter currently offers a "location" option that tags your GPS location when you post a tweet. What if, instead of that location, the tweet gave more context to the circumstance for which the tweet went out. We only have 140 characters after all. Here's an example:
2. My second idea is regarding filters. Now Facebook tried this with "close friends," "acquaintances" and other labels to give "friends". It helped. Labeling the accounts we follow into very basic groups like "organizations," "friends," "colleagues" and "others" would allow us to add more context. Publishing and newsfeed sorting just makes life simpler for us. I repeat: simple solutions to complex issues are the best.
Both these features are about adding context. Twitter doesn't often change their design (like Facebook does) so that the user is forced to adjust to a new layout: that's part of why I like Twitter. But adding context to Twitter is going to allows users to stay engaged. It's also inevitable. My generation craves personalization. We need it. Remember: over populated and cruel world.
I don't use Facebook because it lost context. I don't care if a person I knew briefly in high school is going on vacation in Florida. Twitter should reap the benefits of not being the first big social media site and take notes from Facebook's mistakes. Adding context will give the user more reason to use Twitter.