These are a Few of My Favorite Tweets


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I believe that part of the allure of the social web is the ability to not only publish content, but to also recognize the contributions of others. Twitter is one such forum where the public art of recognition and reciprocity is spoken through both actions and words and are usually done so through @’s, Retweets (RTs), Follow Fridays (FF), link sharing, et al.

One of the biggest opportunities for paying it forward that is currently underutilized in Twitter however, is the validation of individual contributions captured when favoriting a Tweet. FriendFeed and Facebook, for example, provide similar functionality by empowering friends and followers to “like” an update, which bookmarks the content for later review, and more significantly, triggers a reverberating form of validation across the social graph.

While Twitter does not yet provide this capability, a new service championed by Robert Scoble and Marshall Kirpatrick is providing a lens into the act of favoriting tweets on Twitter, breathing new life into the forgotten 140 character bursts rich with wit, humor, wisdom or anything else worth remembering.

Favstar.fm is a service I wish Twitter featured in its ecosystem. Essentially, it is a network that spotlights  favorites similar to the way Tweetmeme tracks topical trends on Twitter. It allows users to see who’s favoriting their tweets and also provides insight into the most favorited tweets by the community at large.

Besides giving you an idea of who’s favoriting your updates, it’s understated value is the validation that is bestowed upon someone when they realize that their words were indeed recognized. It establishes a new or rekindled connection between people that does more than let someone know you’re thinking about them, appreciating their thoughts and observations or revering their dedication to artful curation. It reveals the very people whom you can foster dialogue and collaboration. It is for these reasons that Favstar.fm may be one of my favorite things for Twitter…

Oh, and don’t forget to make tweet love.

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  • greeblemonkey

    I'm a big fan of Favstar – it's like Favrd on steroids. I have found sone of the funniest people ever through that site. Of course, I know you are talking about using it for more of a professional spin, but wow. The funniness abounds on Twitter too.

    • http://www.briansolis.com briansolis

      Me too! ;)

  • greeblemonkey

    I'm a big fan of Favstar – it's like Favrd on steroids. I have found sone of the funniest people ever through that site. Of course, I know you are talking about using it for more of a professional spin, but wow. The funniness abounds on Twitter too.

  • http://www.briansolis.com briansolis

    Me too! ;)

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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