Twitter was all a-buzz yesterday about Mr. Tweet, a personal networking assistant that algorithmically scans your network and the entire twitter network to recommend you people that you should be following. It makes recommendations based on how many connections you share and the # of followers the person has. And because of that, it sways heavily to the twitter superstars, the people that have 10K+ followers.
While some found the technology to be incredibly useful, there were a few of us looking for more. In a world where social media experts are a dime a dozen, where we are overcome by social noise… it shouldn’t be about connecting to people because they are the “popular kids”, it should be about something more meaningful.
“Main prob w/ @mrtweet is using a grading system that scores ‘influencers’ by #of followers when most of my best tweeps have less than 200.” acclimedia
“while a good start @mrtweet isn’t a marriage-worthy ‘matchmaker’ yet… more like People magazine 40 sexiest celebs for now” martastrickland
“@martastrickland: But wouldn’t a ‘matchmaker’ service be cool? Not talking dating, talking interests. Let us ponder and innovate.” ckEpiphany
“@martastrickland @ckEpiphany Fantastic discussion! Will try very best 2 be a gd matchmaker- current penchant 4 twitterati will be improved!” mrtweet
In Mr. Tweet’s defense, the company launched with GetSatisfaction already in place and spent a good portion of yesterday following up with the flurry of suggestions from opinionated tweeters. So while I still don’t have my good web party host yet, it might not be far off.
Remember how cool it was when you as the art club chick found out that the soccer player in your class was also a fan of David Bowie. I look forward to the day where we move out of the high school cliches and into the real social web.