This morning @Gavoweb tweeted a link to an article called â€œWhat You Need to Stop Tweeting About â€œ (ref http://www.bedeviant.com/what-you-need-to-stop-tweeting-about) . One of those items : â€œThe Conference or Event Youâ€™re Atâ€. This could likely be extended, for most folks, to â€œwhere youâ€™re atâ€, because people who arenâ€™t near you â€œcouldnâ€™t give a crapâ€. Chris Brogan posted â€œWhen Twitter Gets Cool Againâ€ (link below the quote)
This got me thinking: if I could â€œpocketâ€ my data, restrict certain tweets to certain geographies on the OUTBOUND side of Twitter, then thatâ€™d be neat. I mean, most smartphone apps of Twitter have my location. What if they could say to the API, â€œOnly send this to people within 25 miles of this location?â€
Then, at CES, I could opt for â€œgeopocketedâ€ tweets, so that you donâ€™t get bored to death about hearing where I am, who Iâ€™m meeting up with, etc, but then I can tweet to the â€œunlocalâ€ people the â€œnewsâ€ that I find. See where Iâ€™m going?
This could also be a new feature for foursquare, since we are already getting inundated with posts about where someone is in California or France, and how they just â€œunlocked the badgeâ€ or â€œjust became mayorâ€. Such are the things with which we are seemingly stuck until features like Chris suggests are implemented.
The â€œWhat You Need to Stop Tweeting About â€œ post is largely a product of a lack of location specific stuff (but thereâ€™s still a problemâ€”what if the target users are out of town, but they are interested in what youâ€™re doing â€œback homeâ€—- the locales need to be tied to â€œhomeâ€ rather than locale at any given moment. Or these tweets are sent only to friends we follow, so that the whole follower list doesnâ€™t get them.
The reality right now is, twitter is a social circle, and there will be chatter that we just need to ignore, like we do everyday, even if we are outwardly giving the socially acceptable â€œcourteousâ€ responses. Quit expecting others to consider everyone in the world when they twitter. Else, Iâ€™m afraid weâ€™d throw out significant pieces of the â€œbabyâ€ with the â€œbathwaterâ€. Much of Twitterâ€™s allure is hearing select pieces of â€œfirst reactionsâ€, which are usually honest, and often funny. Other times, NOT. But hey, such is Twitter. Itâ€™s a microcosm of the world in general.