Friday, June 5, 2009

How Twitter will change life on earth as we live it...

...or something like that.

It's always funny to read a heady pronouncement like this (or just plain annoying) but when Steven Berlin Johnson is behind it, there's likely something worth checking out.

One of my favorite technology writers, Johnson is at it again--with more pronouncements about how new tech will change the world as we know it. I recently posted his Wall Street Journal musings about the coming e-book revolution.

Now he's writing about Twitter, in the latest issue of Time Magazine:

How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

I haven't read the whole article, and haven't really gotten into twitter either, but Johnson is always worth a read.

Here's how his article starts:
"The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression. You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character updates to your "followers," and you think, Why does the world need this, exactly? It's not as if we were all sitting around four years ago scratching our heads and saying, "If only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal."....

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