Tagging Tweeps- No More Local Lists, Know Who’s Actually The Funniest or Geekiest or Conversationalist
In my humble opinion, the next level for Twitter could be to allow signed-in users to thumbs up the users they’ve followed for a certain amount of time (say a week, to add credibility to the votes) to thumbs-up certain characteristics.
There’s a reason why YouTube has shifted from star ratings to a simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down systemSimilar to what is used on sites like StackOverflow.com- to ensure fun for all and prevent abuse, Twitter will create the tags and like horoscopes published in newspapers, everyone will be a winner here.
e.g. funny, conversationalists, tech, society, local, news, opinion, reviews etcAnd, to empower the user, it’ll be opt-in i.e. the user will explicitly permit display and voting on his page. But, I think the user should not be allowed to select the tags. Let it be binary- on or off.
Finally, I don’t know how does Twitter make money now, but it would do no harm to further an already fascinating product. We should do this :)