Buzz to the Blog - What's wrong with hashtags and where Twitter is eventually headed

Ask me a question or make a comment that piques my interest and I'm quite likely to respond.  In this case, Russel Tripp said something in a Buzz that led to something more.  I think it's almost a blog post.

Russell Tripp - It'll be nice when Google releases more API info for Buzz and we start to see some tools that could follow hashtags/do other stuff in Buzz as well. Still fairly limited with what you can do - so far.4:08 pm
Phil Yanov - Why hashtags are needed is because the functionality of context is not native to Twitter, so people created it. I suspect it's long term future falls apart as folksonomies tend to do. Not only do too many people mean too many things using the same term, but even you mean something different by it dependent upon time, place, and other reference. So, it's good while it lasts and a mess when it finally doesn't. I am amazed that the stream of most heavy Twitter users has become so filled with shortcuts, hashtags, and SMS affronts to proper use of the language that their Twitter stream is no longer human readable.

Your point about limited functionality is spot on. The question is what do you add and when. One of the cool things about buzz is that buzzing about a place came with the initial rollout. It's not an add on. I find that immediately useful.

The rest of buzz. Buzzing just to buzz doesn't seem to be as useful or used by as many people, including me. It might be that we are tweeted out. Of course, even Twitter seems to be of decreasing utility over time. I predicted some time back that the great flood of Twitter users would mimic the wave of CB Radio adoption and it would fade in much the same way. Once faded, it would leave behind the core users that continue to find the medium useful. For CB Radios it was truckers who were trapped in their trucks. For Twitter it will be web developers, programmers, and other similar idea workers who are trapped at their desk much of the day.

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.