Like many people last week I was a bit bemused by the introduction of the heart button on twitter. Kate Bowles has written a beautiful post about the corporate justification of highjacking emotions. Lawrie Phipps took a more practical approach and summed up my use of the old like button:
it also made me think. I used the old star/favourite for two things. The first, I realised after reflection, was a lazy way of acknowledging that I had seen a tweet, but couldn’t be bothered to respond, or wasn’t something I wanted to retweet.
I do save all my tweets to a google doc, but I can’t remember the last time I actually looked at it. So, following Lawrie’s lead I have now decide to (well try to) use a small number of hashtags instead of the heart button and hopefully save and share tweets in a more meaningful way using an IFTT recipe.
My # are:
- #read (for articles I have/will/should read)
- #share (for “stuff” I think is interesting to other like minded souls)
- #fun (just because there should always be some fun at some point every day)
- #like (because I like a lot of stuff and I still want to show/share that)