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Twitter's Impact on the Future of Media: Myselfism, Convergence and Simplicity
Twitter's Impact on the Future of Media: Myselfism, Convergence and Simplicity
01/11/09 at 03:22 PM by Anton Djamoos
"Finally out of bed. Yawn. Time to get a sammich and to go work"

Anyone who's on Twitter has seen something like this. Twitter has taken social networking and the Internet by storm in recent months with a simplistic objective. At its heart, Twitter is no more than an entire site dedicated to an away message/status update like the one seen above: a 140-character limit and one of the biggest success stories of 2008.

Now why is it a success? Do we really need updates on the most mundane and unnecessary things that people are doing? No, not at all. So why do people use it? People use it because of the idea of read more]
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03:23 PM on 01/11/09
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Commenting on Anton's blog. about 5 minutes ago from the web.
03:26 PM on 01/11/09
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Commenting on Anton's blog. about 5 minutes ago from the web.
Haha, well done.
05:54 PM on 01/11/09
honesty waits here forever.
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I remember when I was first introduced to the concept of Twitter, I thought it was ridiculously stupid. But I got an account anyways. Now I fall about a dozen or so friends via text messages, and it's become one of my favorite social networking-type things.
05:59 PM on 01/11/09
Adam Pfleider
wait. what were we talking about?
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Nice point Anton. I still think print will not die out completely, but the idea of the untimely feature is a good point. The idea of myselfism is scary. While connecting to a great quantity of people, some we may never even meet in real life (I may never even meet you), there is a point to not having such a saturation of meaningless friendships as opposed to the close relationships we have with our friends we see everyday. To me, Twitter is just another stupid thing to keep up with on the Internet, but as in the case of the hostage situation, I think it's a relative situation, few and possibly far in between.
Then again, after seeing Benjamin Button, you may never know who and where someone will impact your life for whatever reason, even if it is to inform you of when they're having breakfast or walking the dog.
07:37 PM on 01/11/09
Jonathan Lally
Ain't nobody got time for that.
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yet kids still talk shit on twitter.. haha.
08:20 PM on 01/11/09
I was born a wise man
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Another superior article, Anton -- you need to get paid for this.
09:19 PM on 01/11/09
Adrian Villagomez
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Lally
yet kids still talk shit on twitter.. haha.
Because Twitter deserves it.
11:20 PM on 01/11/09
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one big reason that i initially started up on twitter is to keep track of what my friends were up to without having to individually contact them. it was essentially a RSS feed for keeping track of where everyone was and what they were doing.
03:24 PM on 01/12/09
i am a snuggle whore
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I think your conclusions are right, but I think I'd like to know a little bit more about what you think - it's not until the very end, when you say
"but the ideas presented will cause some nice evolution and further degrade complexity that we see."
that I feel like I get a good idea of what you think about Twitter and user-generated content. Is this a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Is it an unplug my computer and run for the hills because society is degrading thing?

Personally, I think I draw a distinction between Twitter and uploading videos to YouTube\a news blog. I don't know if Twitter is ever going to be a really useful news source, because of the character limit - I don't ever want to get an update that says "terrorist attack in Mumbai" and doesn't provide any context or details. News shouldn't be bite-sized, and these things are much more complicated than 140 characters.
02:32 AM on 01/17/09
Jason Tate
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Ap.net's twitter like news feed/news posts were way before their time.
01:20 PM on 01/17/09
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Originally Posted by Jason Tate
Ap.net's twitter like news feed/news posts were way before their time.
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