The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 01:24:23 PM on Monday, July 13th, 2009
While investigating a tool for EverythingTwitter, the thought came to mind on how we could more effectively work with direct messages in Twitter if there was a defined set of rules that allows flexibility  With some simple additional choices we could expand our reach in how we interact with friends and followers.
  • Level 0 - We are unable to receive any DM's from anyone, but still have friends and followers
  • Level 1 - We are able to receive direct messages from those we explicitly check.  This gives us granular controls and allows us to follow more people without worrying about everyone sending DM's.
  • Level 2 - We are able to receive DM's from anyone we follow.  Basically the standard for Twitter
  • Level 3 - We are able to receive DM's from anyone on Twitter at all regardless if we follow them or not.  Sort of an open funnel approach

So with this model I am able to finely tune how I interact with everyone and generally control my openness for communication.  A person that wants IM type communication, without having to follow everyone back get sit with Level 4.  It is hard enough to watch the stream of 200 people, much less 2 or 20 thousand.

The reverse is then true where I wish to broadcast only and not have intimate communication then Level 0 is perfect.  You should be able to set this as a global level default and then tune, or leave it for me to decide when following a new person also.

 I am sure there might be reason to add a level of some kind in there, this is only meant to be a gentle suggestion.

  • 1) Direct Message Tiers
    Created by Twitter Advertising at 07/14/2009 9:03:32 AM email | website

    As someone whose twitter app uses direct messages to communicate, I don't think this distinction is necessary.

    First of all, if it aint broke, don't fix it. Twitter has other real issues that need the focus instead of this on. In the worst case just ignore your direct messages.

    Second of all, I wouldn't ever suggest we even give people the option of having DMs from everyone. If you think twitter is being taken over by spammers, wait until they can send a DM to anyone!

  • 2) re: Direct Message Tiers
    Created by Chris Miller at 07/17/2009 1:00:51 PM email | website

    It is all about choice and who can ignore their direct messages? Why can't I follow thousands and not worry about NOT getting any direct messages. I do want them from some people and it to notify me. Everyone else no.

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