I’ve been on Twitter since 2008, and I’m totally addicted. I don’t tweet very often, but I spend an hour or more each day in my feed—usually in small chunks throughout the day via TweetCaster on my iPhone. It’s become my go-to source for news and real-time information.
But I constantly run into folks who don’t like Twitter or don’t “get” it. Usually when I probe, I find that if they’ve tried Twitter and rejected it, it’s because they were never following anybody interesting. Their feeds were lame…. no wonder they gave up. Duh.
But the fact is, when you’re new to Twitter, finding the right people to follow is hard. Even experienced users struggle with this. I know that my feed could always be better.
We’ve thought about this a lot…. There should be a Twitter Directory, organized by category, where you could easily browse or search for people to follow. Like a yellow pages for Twitter. So if you were into baseball, you’d go to the baseball category to browse for folks tweeting about baseball. If you love fashion, you’d be able to easily find all the great fashion blogs on Twitter. Etc.
What do you think? Should there be a Twitter Directory? We think so, and we’re doing something about it! LEARN MORE HERE, and give us your thoughts in the comments. Or join the discussion on Hacker News.
This is the first in a series of blog posts about Twitter. Josh Sitzer has been at Handmark/OneLouder since 2008 and is currently GM of Social Apps, including TweetCaster. When he’s not poring over his Twitter feed, he can be found hanging out with wife Amy and kids Eli (6) and Zoe (2).