The past year hasn’t exactly been kind to Twitter. Shares dropped nearly 400%, the company laid off thousands of workers, and its little video project, Vine, was officially killed. Twitter has its work cutout in 2017 for climbing back up the relevancy ladder, and that is going to start by adopting some of the other “hot” features championed by Instagram and Snapchat today.
I am personally a fan of Twitter, and I find it to be the most effective place to source breaking news before its skewed by the media narrative. I also find it to be a fun place to fire out some sarcastic remarks I am too scared to post on Facebook. That being said, Twitter needs to make serious innovative moves in 2017 to appeal to the larger base of social media users. Though I know the founders of Twitter probably won’t read this, here are my recommendations for giving the platform a facelift:
1. Live Video
Live Video is everything today. Periscope used to be the place to do it, but other platforms found a way to integrate their Live Video Marketing directly. Twitter needs to develop a “Live Video Tweet” option in which users can not only “Go Live” for other Tweeters to watch, they can also Tweet segments from the Live Video after it’s done.
2. More Ad Options
Businesses are flocking to Instagram for the advertising and influencing opportunities today. Twitter isn’t exactly ad-friendly. They need to create an easier and more effective way to get advertisements in the face of their desired users. It’s all about expanded branded awareness, and Twitter needs to cater to that.
3. Keep Character Limit
Twitter has toyed with the idea of expanding their character limit and I’m here to say: DON’T DO IT! Clearly, the world is becoming more and more scatterbrained, drifting to platforms like Instagram and Snapchat that rely on simply a picture or 10-second video. People don’t like to read. Keep the Tweets to 140 characters. It’s what makes them so funny, clever, and quick in the first place.
Hopefully the executives at Twitter are already going over these three tips right now; but if they’re not, we may continue to see a drop in the relevancy of Twitter in 2017.
Let’s say a prayer that’s not the case.