Recently, I gave a talk at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Characters Conference in New York about the importance of “tweeting in the context of community”.
In essence, my point was this: hashtags represent topics of conversations. Conversations equal communities in the sense that a group of people discussing a certain topic form a community. My view is that Twitter is more about listening than talking, so to use Twitter most effectively means being able to know where the conversations and communities are happening that you want to listen in on.
That being said, I asked the audience: if you are a tweeter, or a social media expert who advises others how to tweet, or an app developer who builds tools that enable others to tweet, how are you tweeting in the context of community? As the community of people who care most about Twitter, we have an obligation to develop the conventions, training and tools to enable tweeting in the context of community.
The video of the talk is below; it’s only 9 minutes long.