I'm on Twitter. I'm on The Facebook. And, sigh, I'm on the snoozefest that has been Google+. I keep coming back to Twitter though for so many reasons
Twitter, today, is just easier to to use, the "What's happening" text box is always there, sharing is effortless. But the lack of real threading, of discussion, is starting to wear on me. Why do sites like even Storify exist? They are there to try to piece the shatter pieces of your Twitter discussion back together. Seriously, I challenge you to piece together anything two weeks after it happened on Twitter. How many retweets did your awesome Tweet get? 100+. Maybe more. You'll never know.
But, the Google+ mobile apps are a mess, so I've just not found a reason to spend much time on G+, except for the occasional Hangout. Until today.
Pick a post, like I did here, click the down-chevron and click "View Ripples."
Give the users their data. Give them analytics. Let them see how their data moves around the web and how it happened. Let them understand how the network lives and works with elegant visualizations. While you at it, animate the process. Brilliant.
Your move, Twitter. Now it's getting interesting.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.