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The Twitter Effect.

By Screen Gems ·
This Reuters article on the "Twitter Effect"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31969740/ns/tech_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

follows Deborah Sinder's article on Social Networking in how basically what is "gossip" can impact public and peer perception thus.

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=875

To quote the Reuters article:

"If people don't like the movie now on Friday it can die by Saturday," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of tracking firm Hollywood.com Box Office."

The IT industry has seen the same effect with software such as Microsoft's Vista. While Vistas lack of adoption centered on a lack of driver support with older but still functional peripheral devices like printers, scanners, the "gossip" did hurt Vistas sales.

Discrediting negative and often untrue gossip and inuendos is very tough to do once enough people believe it.

Does social networking gossip effect you or your company? Is social networking simply a venue for individuals who like to gossip?

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If I see these posts as silly

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

it's because my mind giggles.

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Ah Boxie you do...

by Screen Gems In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

The Twitter Effect in action.

Do you giggle because someone else says their silly ? or is what is written simply silly?

the thread started out about Twitter and it's effect on movie sales and advertising. How advertising effects us and tries to pursuade us to buy stuff through the use of group dynamics.

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Did I say I was giggling?

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

What I think is silly because I think it's silly, not because someone else does. I'm way too old for all that peer pressure crap. Long past, pal.

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I'd be surprised if I influence anyone here.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

Your posts stand on their own whether or not you appear silly to me. BTW-I said silly because that would get past the censor. Feel free to use your imagination.<br>
Hmmm... Do I think that this TR crowd has a herd mentality? <br>
:^0 <br>
That'd be a no. <br>
Describe to me what it feels like to drive a Dodge Viper on the Bonneville salt flats. You can't because (barring some miracle) you haven't done it. It's the same about Twitter, unless you're a participant, anything you say about it positively or negatively just isn't going to influence me. Note I used the word me. <br>
TR is made up of a group of, for the most part, highly intelligent individuals, not a herd mentality to be found anywhere. <br>
Join Twitter why don't you? Takes a couple of minutes. Then come back and you'll see how... silly you sound.

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Ah and who is most influenced? the teenagers and

by Screen Gems In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

20 somethings? and what are all the social networking sites, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook geared for?

The old farts like us who aren't easily influenced?

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Someone

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

isn't doing their job if critical thinking is disappearing. Parents, teachers...

Manipulees proliferate, ain't Twitter's or Facebook's fault. And, in case you haven't noticed, opportunism abounds within human characteristics.

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Missed the whole point OnTheRopes

by Screen Gems In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

it's advertising that was the whole point and how the advertising is geared for those more easily influenced than those who know better. It's not that those on Techrepublic have herd mentality, quite the contrary, but the advertisers and the advertising are geared for such that are influenced by peers such as the teens and 20 somethings.

Even Ernest made a post last week or so about the offensive flash advertising.

How about this? of all the advertising banners, links, downloads, videos, webcasts that are selling something that appear on the pages of Techrepublic, how many have you actually clicked on, read, watched etc?

How much do you think is simply junk like junk emails trying to sell something?

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Screen Gems

by OnTheRopes In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

I've been coming here for so long now that I don't even pay any attention to the ads. For those that do, more power to them. Personally, I've been known to leave the room while watching a good program on TV when a commercial comes on. <br>
Care what DE says, if you must.

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Hey, Gems

by santeewelding In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

You're wandering off the edge.

I was first to respond to your post on the basis of "you or your company".

Now, usually, I am slavish about taking someone at their word. But that one time I confess to having glossed over your use of, "effect", dismissing it as the work of someone in a hurry.

Now, I will not. I will hold you to your word. To "effect" me or my company means literally to cause either to come into existence.

Justify it, or shut up.

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In this case, I don't care what OTR says

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Well lets see, ah good e ...

because I also discounted your opinion when you said you hadn't tried it, in the post before Ropes'. Even I've tried it long enough to determine I didn't like it. It's free and doesn't take three minutes to sign up.

The point isn't that no one might follow you. The point is you might find someone worth following. I didn't find anyone, but that doesn't mean you won't.

As to the TR membership being a herd? A herd of cats, at best.

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