It’s a common practice that online newspapers or digg-like aggregators turn their tweets into feeds to keep their followers informed of what’s happening around the world. While this is a good move, exchanging conversations with your reader is a better one.
For example, take a look at The Independence, a small newspaper in Nebraska. They’re actually taking the time to “talk directly” to their readers instead of using twitterfeed to dispatch news alerts (and they also have a custom background, nice!). Isn’t it what Twitter is supposed to be used for? It’s a conversational tool for mutual benefits. I find it amazing that one day we can talk to the people behind a newspaper such as VnExpess, TuoiTre, Dantri on Twitter instead of having to phone them everytime we want to have a word with them. On the other hand, it’s the best way for a newspaper to know of what their readers are really thinking about their service or a particular piece of news. Or even better, get *news* from readers beside monitoring twitter search. By doing this, they know what to write about and adjust themselves.
Mr. Tuấn (?) from Baomoi, is doing just that. However, the account is being leveraged into a rather personal device. It’s more about casual chit-chats than a business tool. I’ve heard a lot from Chip that this company is pretty cool. I wonder if @baomoi will some day let the world know how cool they are via their tweets. And in fact I don’t see the business side of @baomoi, so my recommendation is that Mr. Tuan (?) should go into a direction in which the tweets are both personal and businesslike: demonstrating the technology and discussing interesting news, just to name a few ideas
Unfortunately, the the folks at Linkhay, Tagvn, or even CNetNews, are being a bit impersonal. If we want to get the feeds, we will do that by firing up our favorite feed reader and subscribing to you. What’s the point of having our Twhirl stuffed by countless feeds? Please put a human face on your twitter page And until you do that, we’ll follow you. For now, no, thanks.
Oh, also check out a very nice post on “Why I love Twitter” from Tim O’Reilly’s blog.
My two cents