We've talked about ways of improving the Twitter accounts before:

Jeff made a good point in one of the answers:

Part of the reason Twitter is interesting is because the accounts are actual people, not generic services or companies.

Even if we got the algorithm perfect, and only the best of the best questions were highlighted, it's never going to feel like a real person.

Even if we had real people moderating the accounts, the same tweets are less interesting when they come from a corporate account instead of an individual.

In order to make the Twitter accounts both useful and personal, I think we should allow the moderators to retweet community members when they say something interesting about the site or the subject matter.

Should that be done, at least on a trial basis? For example, give each moderator up to 2 RTs a week, in addition to the stream of tweets that are automatically generated?


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We have plans for the twitter accounts to automatically search twitter and periodically retweet (after some vetting) any tweets by other users that

  • mention that Stack Exchange site
  • link to a question on that Stack Exchange site
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    I'm curious why your answers re: moderators tweeting always sidestep the issue of actually allowing people to tweet things. Have you guys just decided that you don't want to "trust" (for lack of a better word) people with these accounts, or do you believe in the power of algorithmic tweets over the judgement of people, or... what is it? I accept you want to do things a certain way but I want to understand why.
    – Rahul
    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:59
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    @rahul we have 65+ sites -- we prioritize changes that benefit all sites not just the ones where someone is willing to manually intervene Sep 16, 2011 at 0:46
  • @JeffAtwood I've thought about this, and I think if you give people the tools to manually intervene, they will take advantage of them. That should be evident in the amount of interest that was generated by Rahul's original question. Nov 10, 2011 at 12:52

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