Where Twibes Went Wrong

twibesTwibes is a new twitter app that allows users to choose their top 10 favorite twitters. The users’ picks are then included in a running tally and a list of the twitterers that were chosen the most is provided.  I think this is actually a pretty cool concept that could work well if done right.

It’s like an ongoing record of recommendations, something that could be good for things like #followfriday.  I would find it valuable to see how many times each twitterer was recommended every friday.  I’d be more likely to follow someone that recieved a great number of recommendations than someone who recieved one…right?  Maybe, but making that assumption is where Twibes went wrong.

Twibes ignored a very vital characteristic of the twitterverse, it’s focus on personal interaction. #followfriday works so well because it allows users to share with their followers the people that they enjoy following most.  It is a personal recommendation, and it is not based on popularity.  I’ve seen recommendations to follow people that have 25 followers, and followed them!  On twitter, a personal recommendation goes a long way.

Twibes takes away the value of a personal recommendation, and makes it a popularity contest.  To make things worst, in order to view the list of recommended users, you HAVE to recommend TEN people, no more no less.  That means that even if you only really have 5 favorite twitterers, you have to choose 5 more that you may not even want to recommend.

Then, to pour salt on that wound, you HAVE to either send out DMs to every person you recommended, or post a tweet listing them which completely disregards the personal interaction aspect of twitter (yep, that means you have to put your password in too).  Only then can you view the list of recommended users, which I’m sure you can guess, it is pretty much a list of the most followed users.

Twibes needs to rethink how recommendations and people work on twitter, and stop sending me automated DMs.

3 thoughts on “Where Twibes Went Wrong

  1. I’m surprised there aren’t more complaints about Twibes. I’m searching for info of any sort about them before I try it out, but even their own page doesn’t include much info.

    At least some kind of twitter-authorization is being used now instead of actually giving it your password.

    I usually jump on board for just about everything, but for some reason, I’m just not sold on this twibes thing. Maybe you’re right, maybe it’s just too impersonal, and that’s what’s stopping me. I love #followfriday, and I take my recommendations very seriously, giving reasons for each one. Would I get to do that with twibes? I’m not sure, so I’m not biting.

    1. I mean there are a lot of apps that aim to rank twitter users that I don’t necessarily find to be valuable, but I’d still use it before I used Twibes. I take my recommendations very seriously as well. It would be nice to find an app that actually provided quality recommendations, rather than popular ones.

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