The problems with tweets/micrcommunications

As tweets/txts/social feeds and other microcommunications take a larger share of the new media landscape, it’s hitting a utility wall. Some issues to solve:

How do you make big decisions from microdata?

Right now, everyone seems focused on real-time search with some component of qualitative measures on individual tweets.

How do you tie microdata to “macro” memory?

Tweets are great for reporting but not for analysis or growth – the best content producers tend to spend the most time composing their communications and linking it to historical information. Reading a book is almost always a better choice than spending time on Twitter. Unless this public stream of consciousness is a precursor of singularity it is severely flawed.

With microcommunication platforms amplifying all signals, spam is becoming increasingly problematic – how is this managed?

Right now, filters are generally based on peer networks, but peer networks are only 1 dimension of the social space (another, more valuable one being interest networks) – and peer networks on permeable (API-enabled) platforms are easily infiltrated (via bots).

One thought on “The problems with tweets/micrcommunications”

  1. What happens when Twitter Gets DDoSed?

    Hrm, well, you give up microblogging and you go back to what some people call “real communication” 😉

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