by Christian Brucculeri
I was reading Fred Wilson’s awesome blog the other day and I was inspired but what he said at the #140 conference:
“social media, led by Facebook and Twitter, will surpass Google in driving traffic to many websites sometime in the next year.”
I believe this will happen as well. I believe we’re searching a little less than we used to. Granted, when we want specific information (on a health topic, or for shopping) nothing can stop steamroller that is Google (no, not even you, BING), but when I’m just cruising along through my day, I want to listen to my friends.
I do believe that Twitter is fast becoming a central traffic driver, as that’s essentially all I use the technology for anymore. While I do enjoy the occasional status update from a friend, I’m more interested in the content people want to drive me to . Even as I write these words it scares the crap out of me. Why do I want to be part of someone’s organic search optimization attempts? I’m not your sponsored search keyword, PPC victim- so why do I want to click on your links? Simple: I asked you if I could.
Every time I see a new Bit.ly link I want to see what’s behind it. I want to see it because you’re my friend, or I find you interesting, or your a publisher I trust. I know we might have just met, but I’m ready to click on you to see where you’ll take me, because I believe you thought about it before you put that link up. I honsetly trust that you stopped before hitting “update” and thought “Shit, am i being annoying right now? No, this is cool…let’s roll”. This is light-years beyond an auction for a keyword, or a brand name buried in a BS blog entitled something like “getyoursiteoptimizized.net.au”. So please, send me links in your tweets- I’m interested…