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Cole Camplese

That is really interesting and I will be watching from afar to see how it goes. I just found the post by danah really thought provoking as I've not thought of FB as a public place before. It stands to reason that if I let everyone in there really isn't any private stuff going on. It reminds of something my colleague Elizabeth Pyatt said to me once -- closed is as an important degree of transparency as is openness. I think we'll see greater adoption of Twitter among the teen set ... especially if they start to understand how to really work the space (ala @ghbrett mentions). Only time will tell.


What I've enjoyed about twitter is how to work the various tools to create different "channels" for me. Right now I like Seesmic Desktop for that reason: it supports saved userlists and saved searches. That way I can watch a couple columns and periodically check other threads. The end result is that I have a number of different "communities" that I monitor for varied reasons and purposes. Now I have a growing toolkit at least for Twitter to focus and cope much better.


Hi Cole,

My first thought reading your post was that mass teen/ preteen adoption of Twitter is not going to happen. Somewhere (maybe another post by danah?) I read about the social persona construction that happens on Facebook and MySpace (i.e., these are the movies, bands, books that I like, etc...) that really can't happen on Twitter. Persona construction (and especially having it visible to others in their peer group) is important to teens.

But right after I read your post, I read this NYT article, about MTV's new replacement for TRL, It's On. The producers are planning to integrate Facebook and Twitter heavily within the program. Teens in the audience each day will be encouraged to friend producers on Facebook, so that they can share photos, etc... Twitter will be used to integrate what viewers are saying (sounds similar to the way it's used on CNN, etc...) The host tweets herself.

It will be interesting to see if this works, and increases teen adoption of Twitter. The last time the MTV tried to integrate online social features into their programming it flopped.

Cole Camplese

That would be really helpful as I doubt lots of people get that. I've been adding people to groups as I friend them with the hope I can figure out how to effectively utilize them to keep certain conversations private. The big difference I see is that in the FB world even if I have my privacy settings squared away, I show up in pictures posted by others when they don't have similar settings.

I think that is the allure of the small closed Twitter circles that are emerging. Everything is locked down to just that group.


I feel like twitter AND facebook are both equally capable of doing the things you're referring to. Facebook has features that can make it do similar things to Tweetdeck, but both with outgoing traffic and incoming traffic. It just takes some time to configure Facebook to do that. If I have a close set of 12 friends and my FB friends are upwards of 500, instead of dragging those 12 friends to Twitter I can just as easily create channels in Facebook, where certain updates only go out to those 12 people.

This summer I plan on covering all these settings in detail with the help of Lauren in IST Career Services. She's put together a great little 1hr session on how to customize FB to do exactly what you want in terms of privacy and various clusters of your friends (parents, teachers, friends, etc)

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