This week three Twitter topics have caught my eye. The spectacular growth of Twitter which accelerated even beyond what we were already used to, the proliferation of Twitter tools which surpassed previous outbursts.
Also intriguing was the emergence of a Twitter ethics debate where bloggers and SEO experts debated the ethics of using Twitter for marketing purposes or the perceived lack of them.
- Twitter growth has been astounding both from a short term as well as long term perspective. Steve Rubel takes a very close look at these spectacular growth rates.
- The number of Twitter tools was always astonishing. Still we’ve seen nothiung this far. Last week it became apparent that huge Twitter tools lists are not enough anymore. Now we see plenty of specialized tools lists for different tasks. Be it follower management tools or Twitter stream analysis tools.
- In the SEO industry there has been an ethics problem historically. SEO was born in a time where actual optimization often failed while manipulation was easy and successful quickly. More than 10 years later you either optimize or you spam and the gray area in between is often subject of heated debates. Now that marketers and SEO experts are at the forefront of the Twitter hype this historical burden has repercussions on this new tool. So the question arose: What tactics are still acceptable and where to draw the line of unethical Twitter usage?
We used to say that one Internet year is like 7 “real life” years due to the fast changing pace of it. With Twitter it seems like one year equals twenty. Trends appear incredibly fast and issues we dealt elsewhere after years we have to face after weeks.