Innovation

Twittering to doom?

Annalee recently posted relating Twitter to an article on how “life pace” increases exponentially with population growth. Most articles on Twitter fail because they attempt to cram it into a known space. Twitter became a roaring success because of its amorphous nature. Even Evan didn’t know what it was in the beginning with most of his posts sounding like “we built this thing, we don’t know what to do with it”.

The big punch was SXSW where it became the Dodgeball replacement (not that DB was being used outside of the bay). Twitter kept its ground through its ease of use; you could post via web, IM, or TXT. It didn’t define itself as a service solely for broadcasting location either. As people left SXSW, they switched to using Twitter for microblogging. Some people embraced Twitter because it lacked the permanence of actual blogging. Annalee’s article is crippled by its geographical awareness. Twitter doesn’t care whether you’re in a city or rural, whether you have internet access or cellphone access, or even if you’re posting your current task or your location. As the world flattens, relating online movements to physical world problems is just going to become even more ridiculous. I don’t think Twitter is taking us to some singularity pace that will eventually cause our demise (i.e. burnout). It’s created a new disposable outlet of expression that will hopefully reduce the number of “I got up and had a piece of toast” entries on regular blogs while increasing the number of people talking in our industry.

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Innovation

MySpace conditioning

myspace reward
This is for the people that don’t use MySpace: Every time you send a site mail message on MySpace you’re rewarded with a giant 430×600 True ad featuring a sexy model. I can’t think of a better way to encourage people to send more messages and view more ads.

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Innovation

Apple iPhone

iphoneYes, I’m posting about the Apple iPhone just like everyone else today. Engadget has more pictures like the one above. I am excited, but there is at least one thing I want cleared up: They say it runs OSX, but I want to know if it truly is running their BSD based system on an x86 or if it’s just using similar looking applications. Killer app for me would be sharing the EDGE connection over WiFi and other fun *nix stuff like SSH.

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