Stack Exchange sites have their own Twitter accounts, like http://twitter.com/StackUX. These accounts appear to just autotweet
the latest interesting questions using the question's tags as hashtags. But there's a problem with this: Twitter is not an RSS feed that happens to have a 140 character limit. It's a platform on which conversations between real people happen, and people get the most use out of it by using it for that purpose, not for following bots.
So here goes: would it be possible to give moderators access to their respective Stack Exchange site's Twitter account so they can start using it as a vehicle for connecting, reaching out, and marketing?
Here's what I envision:
- Moderators from each Stack Exchange site use one Twitter account together via a service like CoTweet
- The Twitter account is used to post new questions, highlighted questions that deserve extra attention (such as those in need of answering, those with bounties, or simply interesting questions), interesting answers, or other links of interest (perhaps topical links or meta discussions as well)
- Moderators can reach out to users across Twitter to respond to questions, comments, feedback or bugs and follow up accordingly on meta or wherever.
- The Twitter accounts become more useful and give "a human face to the site" as Alex Angas puts it
- Using Twitter's lists feature, moderators could add the Twitter accounts of (regular) users from their respective Stack Exchange sites, giving people a great way to easily subscribe to updates from smart people in their specific vertical (a killer feature, IMHO)
- The bottom line would be: use Twitter responsibly to improve the visibility of your Stack Exchange site by sharing content and adding value
Barely anyone follows @StackUX right now, and I don't think it's going to improve much as long as following it means pretty much the equivalent of subscribing to a feed that fills up your Twitter timeline with potential noise (after all, following specific tags within a Stack Exchange site was created for a reason). There's a lot of value lying on the table that we could run with if we wanted.
So here's a post to gauge interest. Is this feasible?