About a week ago, I posted about some effects of retweets, and how businesses can use them here – inspired by Jeremiah’s post – Retweet: The Infectious Power Of Word Of Mouth .
In the comments, Hanta asked:
“So is this about twingly creating a kind of TweetRank? Or building a twitter search based on retweets?”
To which Anton replied:
@Hanta: well, nice ideas! Haven’t thinking of it before but using retweets as a parameter of search rankings could of course be possible! Thanks!
I think this is a brilliant example of how you can get new ideas by engaging with the environment through social media. It was just intended as a curious question from Hanta about future developments of Twingly, but it turned out to be an interesting idea. So, what did Anton do to get this idea from Hanta?
- He was listening to the conversation going on – in this case my post.
- He was participating in the conversation, adding value to it – in this case his own post.
- He engaged directly with other people out there – in this case through the comment to Hanta
By doing this, he got a new idea for the company he works in. I don’t know how viable the idea is, if it will be realized and valuable. But it is an idea he woundn’t have gotten otherwise. And by continuing to engage in the conversation, he will get more ideas.
I love this! =)
More on this very soon, in a new post I have started to write.