OK, not really.
Was away from the internets pretty much all day today, but I when I tried to check into the Twitterverse just now, I kept getting a server timeout. Then I noticed Chris’ post about the reaction the Twitter Packs idea. 55 comments and counting. And I saw that GeekMommy closed the comments to her “wolf packs” post after 30 replies. (Correction: comments not closed. My bad.)
Oh dear. Here I was going to post some thoughts about why the “me-too” rush to edit the Twitter Packs wiki was no big deal, but now I see that apparently it was.
Within hours, there were hundreds of names sorted across many divisions. And within hours, there were cries that it had gotten too clubby, too cliquey, too clunky, and too crowded. Others were disturbed that specialty lists were being added that had the potential for mischief and pranks.
Agreed. And more generally, these are issues – not just in social media, but in social life. I will state the obvious: cliques, mischief, pranks and whatnot have been around forever. You never know what somebody might say about you behind your back.
But even so, I still think the Twitter Packs idea is great: a handy tool to get folks started with Twittering. In fact, it’s openness is an advantage – if you don’t like where you’ve been included or not included, then go ahead and fix it.
(And despite the exponential growth in the geographic location packs, there’s still no Ottawa entry! LOL.)