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03/02/2009

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Anne Marie Cunningham

Think you might be being a bit hard on yourself and the idea. It does take a while for people to realise what the rules are and how it is working. It took the most part of a day for #uksnow to take off.
Next, maybe it should have linked to a page on the wiki where people could record ideas/respond etc.
Hope that helps
Anne Marie

Dominik Lukes

I think the biggest problem is the Twitter medium. I briefly tuned in to the debate but didn't see a natural way to contribute. I wonder if IRC or some time limited web-based chatroom would have been better. Of course, the time limit would be even greater and for some people the barrier to entry would be higher but I've seen IRC work really well as a complement to other community activities (e.g Drupal.org).

Scott Leslie

We all try to start things to see some not 'catch' (hence partly why I proposed the topic in the first place!) So who says we didn't learn anything ;-)

MY take is that in this case it's mostly Reasons 1 & 2 with a tiny bit of 4. I'm not in love with twitter as a means for coherent debate, but I stand by my oft-stated belief that given a compelling enough need to connect, even 2 tin cans and a string will be made to work.

If you wanted me to participate, then starting it at midnight my time on a Thursday meant it was almost done by the time I got back online (and because of the tool that is twitter, hard to reconstruct the thread.)

I think the topic sparked the debate that it got; I think framed differently it could have got even more response, but isn't that always the case (and partly what the discussion was about.)

I think what some of the feedback you got to the original email about #yofl was to this effect - *announcing* it is not what makes it viral, *doing* whatever in a way that becomes viral makes it viral. I know that last bit is tautological, but then this whole dicusssion's a bit meta-, innit?

mweller

@Scott - I know you never sleep, and have the twitter stats to prove it. But yes timing is always a problem. But this maybe negates your last point a bit - I am all for the just doing it approach, but sometimes a _little_ bit of planning can make things work better. So for instance, if I had strongarmed you into doing the second leg of the debate, we could have had a handover and maybe we'd have got more responses.

Scott Leslie

I wasn't saying so much "don't plan it" as "don't self-consciously plan it in an obvious way." Anyways, saw this slide today (http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3099454327/) and thought to come back and leave it in the comments here.

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