This is a guest post from Jamie Fairbairn.
The web is constantly evolving.
On July 15th 2006 Twitter was officially launched and has since gone on to change the way many of us interact online.
As Twitter approaches its 5th Birthday I thought it would be good to take a look at what it might be like if it was launching in 2011.
Read on below to discover my 10 point Twitter wish list.
Auto DMs wouldn’t exist
Isn’t it great when you follow someone on Twitter because you want to engage with them and have a conversation, only to find an auto DM coming your way?
“Check out my blog, Like me on Facebook” – or maybe that should that read “I couldn’t care less about you, it’s all about me”.
Certain words and phrases would be filtered out
Have you ever followed someone only to find they weren’t quite what you expected? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a list of words or phrases you could automatically block? How about ‘make money online’, ‘get more Twitter followers’ and ‘instant traffic’ for starters?
I know you can block users but it would be nice not to have to do this manually and have your time wasted.
A daily limit on tweets
There’s always someone who takes their Twitter use to excess. You know the person you follow who is quiet for a while then suddenly launches about 40 updates in as many minutes.
I wouldn’t want everyone to be penalised by this though, so perhaps a ban could be only placed on those who took their tweeting to ridiculous extremes.
A ban on tweet scheduling
I don’t know about you but the relevance on some automatic tweets I’ve seen recently has been questionable to say the least. This week alone I’ve seen tweets with “10 social media rules for 2010” and similar outdated titles.
In my humble opinion, Twitter should be about real-time interaction and the example above demonstrates how automatic tweet scheduling can go badly wrong and ruin a user’s credibility.
An audio chat function
I’m not a technical person but maybe an audio chat function could work on Twitter? I realise you can go on Skype or pick up the phone but if you’re having a discussion on Twitter with more than one of your followers, perhaps a Skype type function could be incorporated?
I know there are other tools out there that allow for real-time collaboration in this way, but surely Twitter would rather people didn’t leave their site to do it?
A Twitter divide – business and social
Call me crazy (and I know many of you will) but I can’t help thinking it might be a good idea to split Twitter into two separate platforms – one for business and one for social purposes.
Now I know what you’ll be thinking – that just takes away from the whole point of social media, but to be honest I’m sick and tired of ‘business’ people telling me what they had for breakfast or how many pints of lager they drunk last night.
Since some people don’t seem able to post the inane things from their life on Facebook rather than their business Twitter profile, why not give them a separate social Twitter to blether away on?
An official Twitter jobs board
I think Twitter is missing a trick by not having an ‘official’ jobs board. It’s always said they’re looking for ways to create revenue but many third parties seem to be one step ahead – for example www.twitjobsearch.com seems to be doing very well.
An official Twitter jobs board would create revenue for Twitter while also giving its users a fantastic portal for employers and job seekers.
A smarter ‘who to follow’ function
I think the ‘who to follow’ function is a great innovation by Twitter but it could do with some modifications.
I recently checked out my ‘who to follow’ list and was pretty disappointed that it was full of verified Twitter accounts of people I’d never heard of and had no obvious connection to my industry or my existing followers.
A tweet improvement tool
No offence to anyone who uses Twitter but some people post a lot of nonsense. There are also others who post fantastic content but give it a weak headline so nobody clicks through to it.
With this in mind, I thought a built-in tweet improvement tool would be a good idea. Something that could scan what people had written and make some suggestions for improvement would make Twitter a better place for everyone.
A tweet spell checker
Nobody’s perfect and there have been times when I’ve accidentally tweeted something with a spelling mistake in it. Of course you can delete the offending tweet and post it again with the mistake removed.
Wouldn’t it be better for everyone though if Twitter had a built-in spell checker so you could be sure your tweets were error free before posting?
I’d love to know what you think of my wish list and if you have any suggestions of your own, please leave them in the comments below.
About the author: Jamie Fairbairn runs SearchBlogger – an online marketing blog for small business owners. Jamie has helped small business owners in the UK get more from the web over the last 10 years.
SearchBlogger was set up in October 2010 to share Jamie’s knowledge on all aspects of online marketing with a wider audience. You can find him on Twitter @SearchBlogger.