The best conversations I’ve been a part of recently have grown organically.
Here’s how it works. Someone like Matthew Shadbolt throws out a question, or a thought about a link. Someone like Gahlord Dewald throws out a response. Sometimes, it stops there. But when it doesn’t, that’s when the magic happens.
When a good thought combines with the right timing and broad interest, the conversation grows in ways that are unpredictable and often not in a defined timeframe. In fact, if the conversation were simply to begin with an invite to three or four people, the organic growth of that conversation would never happen. It’s hard to predict the viral nature of a conversation or what one response will trigger greater involvement by a community of listeners.
We’re looking for a better Twitter conversation platform. We tried Nurph this morning. (See below.) And while it is a nice little tool, it’s not the tool that will allow conversations to grow organically. That tool would allow easy following of the conversation, the ability to see threaded replies to specific tweets, and automatically post the entire conversation as individual tweets on Twitter. That tool needs to be built.
inna hardison says
Jeff – when someone builds that tool, I’ll start using Twitter again:-)
Cindy F. Solomon says
Jeff, Thanks for posting about Twitter conversations. I agree that the best conversations happen organically, however, it is rare (and wonderful) when the right people discuss the same issue at precisely the exact moment! It does occur during live events and I am constantly on the outlook for tools to enable Twitter conversations, both coincidentally and planned.
I’ve discovered Joint.im which will hold a twitter hashtag conversation over time, if you sign in to follow it – and also enables a live side chat, like a group Direct Message that won’t show up in the Twitter stream.
Also, currently beta testing another tool, Stanzr.com, specifically for planned hashtag events. Here are my videos about these tools http://bit.ly/sX6ayw
Look forward to further discussion on Twitter!