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Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense

Posted in Twitter by jquig99 on July 11, 2007

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WIRED MAGAZINE: ISSUE 15.07
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Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense
Clive Thompson 06.26.07 | 2:00 AM

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Twitter is the app that everyone loves to hate. Odds are you’ve noticed people — probably much younger than you — manically using Twitter, a tool that lets you post brief updates about your everyday thoughts and activities to the Web via browser, cell phone, or IM. The messages are limited to 140 characters, so they lean toward pithy, haiku-like utterances. When I dropped by the main Twitter page, people had posted notes like ‘Doing lunch and picking up father-in-law from senior center.’ Or ‘Checking out Ghost Whisperer’ or simply ‘Thinking I’m old.’ (Most users are between 18 and 27.)
It might seem like blogging taken to a supremely banal extreme. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss calls Twitter ‘pointless email on steroids.’ One Si”

(Via Twitter Blog.)

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