Here are the issues I have:
1. getting swamped in tweets and having no means of effectively sorting them other than by @individual or common #tags
2. Not using twitter for a while and then there is a massive backlog that I can't easily deal with
As an industry we use a confusing array of end #tags: #mrx, #newmr #research #ngmr etc which assigns a text to be about our industry could we not all settle on just one?
We also have not established any consistent end hashtags to describe the type of content the tweet is about within the field of market research.
In rather obsessive compulsive style I downloaded 1,000 mr tweets and tried to classify them and many of them do fall to easily classifiable groups. Primarily I think they could be grouped into: ones that include links; news items; incidental serious remarks; incidental whitty remarks; guidance/advice & pieces self publicity.
What I think this highlights is that if we could introduce some more descriptive #tags we could start filtering out a whole load of fairly useless chatter which is great if you are an active user but makes navigating through tweets really difficult if you are not on top of things.
I think we need to focus on a protocol where in each tweet we has: One industry #tag or event #tag and 1 or 2 primary descriptive #tag
Here are some suggested new hash tags we could use to make tweets more descriptive and sortable, they obviously must be short and we cannot have more that half a dozen else they will clutter up the tweet.
News = #mrxn
Comment = #mrxc
Link = #mrxl
Guidance = #mrxg
Calls to action/publicising events=#mrxe
Funny = #mrxf
Perhaps a point scoring system =#1+
Anyone else got any other ideas/thoughts?
I wonder if we might set up an industry tweet committee, made up of some of the leading research tweeters to agree upon a new descriptive #tag language with which we can all adopt to more effectively communicate news across the MR industry?
This post was inspired by Dana Stanley's great tongue in cheek suggestions for new mr industry tweet hastags that I read last week: http://researchaccess.com/2012/09/10-Proposed-Market-Research-Hashtags/