If Facebook has a Friends or Followers feature, why can’t Twitter have a Connections feature? That’s exactly what Twitter implemented: the new Connections feature. What is it for? Within the Connections feature, it shows the person’s shared followers along with the people that the person and the followers follow in common. So, it’s essentially a way to see who your friend and his/her followers like.
My take on this is that Twitter has fallen behind the social media computer service world. Facebook is the buzz now and continues to take on new subscribers with its apps, features, and everybody-likes-it mentality. Twitter has lost 14% of its US adult visitors in 2010 from the year before. Although I enjoy using Twitter as a way to broadcast important computer repair info or IT news; for many other topics, it gets a bit boring reading about your favorite celebrity’s morning routine.
The Connections feature is nice way to get a feel for what kind of people your friend likes, and has in common with others. Is it useful though? Not really. Do you really throw any credibility on the impulsive click to say you like someone on Twitter? Will you ever actually communicate with this person? In the end, the Connections feature is just a way to keep up with the Jones’ of the world, or in Twitter’s case, Facebook.