Most of you have probably heard of Conversationlist before. For those of you who spend your time worrying about more important things here’s the official blurb:
A “conversationlist” is a Twitter list of the people that you talk to (and about) on Twitter. The list is automatically updated daily, so that it always reflects the people that you are paying attention to right now. If you @reply (or @mention) someone, they’re added to your list. If you stop talking to that person, they drop off your list.
The list always contains the 25 people you interact with most frequently in any given day. Now this all sounds fairly brilliant but a DM I received yesterday made me realise there’s a little big problem with this. The DM in question said: “my time on your list was very short lived”. After a few DMs back and forward I quickly realised she was referring to my Conversationlist. I apologised and explained that it automatically updates but I quickly wondered how many other people over the months were miffed that they’d been removed from the list.
For me a twitter list is all about building up a list of people I trust or perhaps just people whose tweets I enjoy. In my opinion Conversationalist goes against everything a twitter list should be. It’s far too transient and disposable.
I’ve since deleted Conversationlist. To the person who DM’d me, I salute you!