More Nofollow Tags On Twitter: Is This Beginning Of The End For Twitter?

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UPDATE, March 2, 2010: After experimenting with a plugin for Google Buzz, I have decided not to use on at this time. All available plugins as of now offer to ad comments to Google Reader items- this potentially can scatter the discussion all over places. Hopefully a better solution will be implemented soon.

With the arrival of Google Buzz, I began to question whether or not I should continue to concentrate on Twitter. I hope I am not the only one. Two days ago Twitter decided to intruduce even more “nofollow” attributes this time to their internal linking structure. I understood (but did not agree) when they introduced the first round of nofollow attributes to their links, I guess as young startup you needed to do what you needed to do.

So today I have replaced the Tweetmeme button (courtesy of Tweetmeme ) with new and shiny Google Buzz button (courtesy of Hameedullah Khan). The Tweetmeme button was moved to the button of each post. This is just a symbolic gesture of my personal dissatisfaction of the way Twitter is “innovating”, I have nothing but love for Tweetmeme.

Twitter has bigger issues to deal with….

For Twitter trying to manipulating the flow of the Google juice at this stage of the game is really childish, and if that is the reason for the latest change I just feel sorry for Twitter. Really guys, is this the best you’ve got? Now if the recent change was made as a further attempt to eliminate spam my question is the same, is this the best you’ve got? There are ways to eliminate spam without punishing your users.

There is also another factor, and I maybe completely wrong about it… I appears to me that many of my online are starving for a more meaningful way to keep the conversation going (which in my opinion is impossible to have on Twitter). So if you compare Twitter and Google Buzz from that perspective, Google Buzz wins hands down, and if you thought Google Buzz is no threat to Twitter you should really think again.

Now back to the new and shiny Google Buzz button- you need to use your GMail/Google Reader to interact with it. You can also follow Go Beyond MLS on Google.

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Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Josh Spaulding Feb 19, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Hey Vlad, how have you been buddy? 🙂

    I guess I don’t understand the issue here. I use Twitter to make friends and build my network. I’ve never even thought of it as a link builder, so whether or not their using the nofollow attribute has never even crossed my mind.

    Are you using Twitter as a link-builder? I guess I just don’t understand the problem?

    • Vlad Zablotskyy Feb 19, 2010, 5:39 pm

      Hey Josh, Doing ok Thanks.

      I was ok with the first round of nofollows on Twitter – all the outgoing links. Now they slapped nofollow attribute on @usernames in tweets. Andy Beard puts it well and I will just copy what he wrote:

      What Twitter are saying in this most recent change is that the people I associate with and have regular conversations with on Twitter are not to be trusted…

      That is pretty much my “beef” with Twitter.

  • Chris Johnston Feb 24, 2010, 11:18 am

    It seems the general consensus among those outside of marketing and SEO is that social networks are for just that social networking. They are not marketing or link building platforms. More no follow tags and personalized search are just more tools coming to make SEO and marketing on broad match keywords virtually impossible for all but those with the largest budgets. I think if real conversation with your customers is what you want, and you want to invest the time Twitter will require to do that, then it is an appropriate platform. If you want a quick platform to build links back to your site Google Buzz might work better. Of course remember you still have human traffic that doesn’t care about no-follow tags and still clicks on links.

  • Vlad Zablotskyy Feb 24, 2010, 11:29 am


    The problem with Twitter is that they have done over the past very inconsistently. They latest move makes no sense because the nofollow links to their own pages. I have never used Twitter for link building, nor do I think any serious SEO is.

    It is not clear how much juice is any Google Buzz passes. But it made many realize the importance of your Google profile page.

    I just think that there are more important things Twitter should worry about that playing with nofollows.

  • Gleenn Apr 3, 2010, 4:57 am

    I acutaly wonder how much strength do twitter links give to a site. With tons of outgoing links from them, would it make a difference if they start this unfollow movement? made me ponder.