Please tell me that I am not the only one that yelled at the TV as they watched Friday’s episode of Oprah. On Friday, Oprah (@oprah) and her “Friday Live” friends, talked to Ashton (@aplusk) and Evan Williams (@ev) about Twitter.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch, check it out here:
Here is why I got frustrated watching the segment:
1. Evan, Twitter’s co-founder, had a hard time getting a word in edgewise. I would love to have heard more about why and how Twitter got started, how they are managing their business, and what their plans are for the future. But unfortunately, we didn’t have the opportunity to hear much from him.
2. Only a small part of the Twitter story was told. They talked about how Twitter was a great vehicle for celebrities, and people who want to follow celebrities, but what about the rest of us?
I would have loved some Twitter success stories — stories about… how it is a tremendous networking tool, how businesses have used it to engage with their customers, how it has become THE source for breaking news, how it has united communities, and how it has created activists for global causes?
3. There were no helpful hints for beginners. I can imagine that this information would have been helpful to @oprah, the panelists, and the viewers who were learning about and engaging with Twitter for the first time. But unfortunately they didn’t leave people with simple instructions on how to get started. (Note: If you are thinking about Twittering and want to know where and how to start, don’t miss @michaelhyatt‘s post, The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.)
Did you watch? What did you think about Oprah’s segment on Twitter?