Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Difference of Opinion on Tweetgift

In case you haven't heard of Tweetgift, here's the explanation from the Tweetgift website:

tweetgift is a simple way to show a little appreciation to a friend. all you need is a twitter account. just reply to tweetgift and use our syntax to send gifts to your friends. every gift starts with @tweetgift, then a friend's username, and the gift with an optional message.

example: @tweetgift @mattmc song for a job well done.


Biz Stone, who obviously wants to increase use of Twitter, loves the Tweetgift idea:

OMG this is fun: Virtual gifts over Twitter...

example: @tweetgift @biz trophy for a job well done.


But Scott Beale (@laughingsquid), who received a tweetgift from me and doesn't know me from Adam (hopefully he knows me from Eve), is not quite so hot on the idea:

ha, I just received an @tweetgift, what's next, @tweetpokes & @tweetzombies, could this be the start of the Facebookization of Twitter?

Mike Doeff (@mdoeff) agrees:

@laughingsquid i'm hoping that Twitter remains a poke-free zone

I hope that Twitter doesn't become Facebooked, because then Twitter might kick me off for not using my birth name. And I guess that Scott and Mike do have some valid concerns about pokes. Think about what could happen.

Pixelspread mentions another little feature of Tweetgift:

[G]o to tweetgift.com/username to see your own profile, what gifts you’ve received and what gifts you’ve given.

Based on the current results at http://tweetgift.com/oemperor, it's better to give than to receive.

Incidentally, it's too bad that the personal pages don't list the reasons for the gifts. It's nice to know that @susanreynolds has received three trophies, but it would be nicer to know why.

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2 comments:

nate said...

The real sad thing is that there's no way NOT to be gifted one of those things. I refuse your gifts! So there! I suppose you could ban France or something crazy.

Matt said...

you can see the reasons gifts are sent on the personal pages, just hover over the username