Getting a snapview on Twitter

Posted in Twitter by solle on 10/11/2008

Twitter offers a snapshot on the world at any given point. A look in, a spyglass and as I increasingly like to call it – a snapview. If you get the balance of who you follow and am followed by just right (almost like adjusting the dials of a shortwave radio) and then take a quick scroll of whatever client you are using on whatever system/connection (my present favourites: Tweetdeck and Twitterified) you get a little picture of the world: from Mars Expedition and asteroids zapping past the earth, to London Tower Bridge opening/closing, to Wildlife protection in the Mara Triangle, to the US presidential election, to Halloween dress codes, to the credit crunch, sports results. 

Like a snow scene paperweight – shake it (refresh/scroll up and down within your profile so to speak) and the picture comes alive – a refresh of your snapview on the world Twitter-style.

The variation is enormous. Want to find out what’s going on in the Brazilian development community? The Idaho farming community? The US Penny Shares scene? Or the soft porn industry in Israel? Here’s how and it’s pretty damn easy with tools such as Monitter and Twitter Live Search. (But of course it’s such a fast moving development community that you need to be keeping a sharp eye on Everything Twitter and the Twitter Wiki.)

What other way can you get this kind of detail so easily and with such clarity – and so readily – and so damn quickly? (especially now the time of the whale seems to be in the past, fingers crossed).

And of course anyone can see. You don’t even require a sign up (though of course signing up is far more rewarding) – and no need for personal data.

It’s alive and very much kicking, on such a small scale while also being so large.

Will it continue to scale?

Arrive truly in the public eye?

Be seen within/as part of major advertising campaigns (re free Facebook access being offered as an incentive for an Orange mobile billing plan in a billboard campaign – will include a photo as soon as I get one)?

Be excepted as not another passing trend?

I’m not sure. Some are comparing it to Facebook but there is no comparison. Facebook from an early stage had its eyes firmly on the monetising of its users through focused advertising and hoping friends would sell each other down the advertising river but ultimately just giving everyone a lot of what they didn’t want (compare it’s advertising model with Google where you get exactly what you do want – because that’s what you searched for).

There is none of that with Twitter, first and foremost it is not walled in. Plus it is just doing one thing very well and letting others in orbit of it develop even better ways of doing that one thing. It is a new internet but it isn’t the new internet. Obviously any single offering that thinks it can be the internet is deemed to failure – there is no way to manage such an expanding ‘thing’ with seemingly no centre and no edges.

Facebook will return to its roots – education; going the same way as Friends United – a niche product after all the fanfair.

And Twitter may just become the way we communicate – micro style.

(Please also read Luke Weaver’s recent Twitter presentation – a must read and nicely presented.)

More really nice Twitter stuff:

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