In recent news, Twitter is placing a value on tweets. Make the content grade? You’ll get a high mark. Say “nice to meet you,” “hello,” or “thanks?” That’s the equivalent of a Twitter ding letter. Agree? Not me. In today’s automated world, the value of saying “hello” or “thanks” is priceless.
If you live part of your life online–as most of us do today–we don’t always have the time to react or reach out. Sure, we’d like to; I’d like to do everything perfectly every day. But no one can. Family, parents, children, work, worship, friends, saving for retirement, flossing, recycling, medical emergencies, exams, flat tires, and real tragedies and triumphs. All of this takes up a lot of space in the day, right? It’s called life. And when a real person takes a moment out of that to greet another real person in the digital domain, should that be devalued? To me, it means a lot. But to Twitter, not so much.
Engineers, I love you guys, you make all the whatcha-ma-call-its run, but have a heart. Should everything be rated and valued?
Ironic, isn’t it, that a platform developed to help folks keep in touch via snippets of 140 words or less, should devalue the little courtesies. On Twitter, “you had me at hello” may just be a thing of the past.
Here’s more reading on the topic from my friends at Masahble: http://on.mash.to/14VmG61