I could watch this all day. It’s amazing how useful and fun they’ve made this app with only, like, two employees.
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I ask myself the question why, WHY do people care what strangers are up to?
I do not.
It’s like people-watching, without the watching – where’s the fun?
It’s the hidden power to help friends separated by time and space that makes twitter compelling. Short conversations and connecting, in a world where we are all spread out like seeds in the wind.
Once you “know” people, and are no longer just following people as a groupie, twitter is like having mini conversations with your best friends all day.
But there is a trust issue of putting this infomation out for all to see. It is social voyeurism (def: involves looking without being seen in order to obtain pleasure). Another issue is personal safety… you are giving personal infomation away to any nefarious person… “Hey everybody, i’m at the airport leaving for a week”. So your friends know you are on your way to your vacation… but if you have a high profile online, then someone can easily get a lot of info about you, like where you live… and now they know you are gone for a week….
Mat: I agree, I have no interest in reading what someone I don’t know is doing at this very moment. I’d rather be doing something, than read what others are doing.
“mini conversations with your best friends”
My problem is less about Twitter when used among friends, but rather with strangers. I have zero (if not negative) interest in what total strangers are doing. The app highlighted by Julien was geared around strangers’ twitter messages, hence by ire.
I’m not particularly impressed by Twitter since I don’t particularly like broadcasting personal details or an insignificant stream of updates, but I can see the inherent voyeuristic appeal.
Along the same lines of this type of conversational nanopost, here’s something minimalists should appreciate.
The tagline reads: “True Stories – told in one sentence”.
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