In time, I believe that Swidjit has the potential to replace the listserv model and make it easier for people to stay in touch with their communities without being exposed to all the noise and clutter that goes along with being subscribed to a listserv ( or multiple ones for that matter). However, that is not going to happen for some time yet until Swidjit can establish critical mass. In the meantime though, I would like to encourage you all to use Swidjit as a supplement to this existing service. Swidjit is designed to serve the role that the listserv currently fills so it’s a great way to spread awareness about your event, job opening, request, offering, or notice.
Without getting into a great amount of detail, here are seven reasons why it’s worth your time to post on Swidjit instead of or in addition to posting to a listserv:
#1) through intelligent use of tags, lists, and communities, you can easily target specific interest groups or locations
#2) unlike with e-mail, the content you add to Swidjit can be discovered after the fact and through many different avenues
#3) as a public community network, Swidjit has a wide and growing audience. With a little help from all of you, it will very soon be a more effective tool than Facebook, Twitter, or Craigslist to reach out to others around you
#4) much of the content distributed through list serves warrants discussion, but there are not good tools to have a conversation about something without including many people who do not want to be involved. When you add something on Swidjit you can engage in a discussion about that item but keep it limited to the people who wish to take part.
#5) posting on Swidjit gives you an opportunity to leverage the power of the social web and make it more likely that your content is noticed or shared or discussed
#6) Swidjit provides tools that allows users to bookmark and curate information to help them keep track of it or to help other people discover it.
#7) Swidjit’s post management skills allow you to edit something after-the-fact, toggle whether a post is active or not, or outright delete it