Here at BG we’re currently developing the “community” features of the site, working on, choosing, and tweaking the internal and third-party applications we feel we need in order to give our readers the best interactive experience.
Many times I have preached “fewest moving parts,” meaning that if there is some functionality we can do with the core CMS rather than loading up a plugin or external application, then we keep it internal. The problem is that there is so much “Web 2.0” stuff out there, we tend to re-define our needs based on new coolness we’re exposed too.
We’re doing our best to keep BG simple and straightforward, and that extends to our interactivity as well. We don’t have to have every bell and whistle.
So, with BG’s challenge of being discriminating of third-party-apps fresh in my mind, I start seeing Twitter hit the radar. It has among its sign-ups a lot of big names, from the net in general, and the Web 2.0 movers/shakers. It keeps popping up in the SxSW articles, where it’s causing buzz.
And, I don’t get why.
Andrew LaVallee at The Wall Street Journal addresses this better: Friends Swap Twitters, and Frustration – WSJ.com. Incidently, I found this article via Slashdot – specifically, via Slashdot’s space on Twitter.
My guess is that Twitter appeals to our inner lazy vouyer – here’s a way to spy on your friends’ comings and goings without having to buy the high-powered binoculars.