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Will Twitter Change the Way We Live?

June 7, 2009

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Came across an article about Twitter on by Steven Johnson – How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live.

I find a line he says interesting:

In short, the most fascinating thing about Twitter is not what it’s doing to us. It’s what we’re doing to it.

Besides using it to inform others about real time about “[your] choice of breakfast cereal”, people have found many different uses of the new technology. I remember reading that the hostages in the Oberoi Hotel used Twitter to stay in contact and update family and friends outside.

In his article, Johnson talks about a conference he attended in Manhattan where participants post their commentary on Twitter.

Injecting Twitter into that conversation fundamentally changed the rules of engagement. It added a second layer of discussion and brought a wider audience into what would have been a private exchange. And it gave the event an afterlife on the Web. Yes, it was built entirely out of 140-character messages, but the sum total of those tweets added up to something truly substantive, like a suspension bridge made of pebbles.

Their exchange can be found here.

In schools,  teachers have been using Twitter in the class. Read about it here.

How are libraries using Twitter? Here’s a Library 2.0 example 🙂

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