I recently stumbled upon one Robert Scoble’s post about Quora being the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years, since he had been blogging for 10 years. If you ask me, I disagree with him completely. I think that Twitter is the best innovation in …well, let’s not give it a year, and say…since I came online.
I have been blogging for a year now on Ask Aaron Lee, but I started blogging back in 2006. I even had a blog about coffee which I gave it up after 120 blog posts. Before twitter I wasn’t doing anything at all. I love reading but I didn’t know who Mashable was or Tech Crunch. Most of the blogs I read were on internet marketing.
Oh I didn’t mention that I was spending a lot of time on Facebook playing games! (Yeah I was addicted to them). Then in March 2009 I found Twitter. Didn’t really know what it was, but it was called one of the social bookmarking service back then. I used it and posted some links that I like from websites and someone commented.
Who was this guy?
I had no idea, he was following me and he commented. I can’t remember what he said. We talked from time to time. He deleted his twitter account now though, and so did a lot of people who started back then. Some of them are on Facebook and I bugged them to get back on Twitter.
Long story short, I saw the potential of twitter back then. Why?
1) There are no relation boundaries, like what I have mentioned. I met people outside my circle of friends from my university, back in my home town, and of course friends that I met on Friendster. I don’t remember how I met so many people online, all I can remember is tweeting a lot and trying to follow as much people as possible (bad move).
2) Blog traffic, most of my traffic comes from Twitter because I don’t have the biggest brains in SEO. I do know how to put keywords and that’s all. I just blog. That’s all. Twitter helped me spread my blog. Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about what I had achieved in 2010.
3) I found out who was Mashable. I did say I didn’t know who Mashable was, but I found out his blog and so many other bloggers through Twitter. Without the help of Twitter I might probably only know one out of the hundreds of bloggers that I have met today. I commented on a lot of blogs too.
4) Twitter helped eliminate the boundaries with not only relationship but helped eliminate the boundaries between companies and customers. Today customers could easily tweet their favorite company. If they had any problems, they could just go on Twitter. Back in the days they might have called their customer service or emailed. Businesses are humanizing themselves too. What a trade?
Don’t get me wrong here, I love Quora. Just that I think it is not the biggest innovation after blogging. I don’t think Facebook is either because Facebook is limiting friends. If I didn’t have twitter I won’t be able to be friends with my followers on Facebook.
What are your thoughts guys?