The granular appeal of Twitter

Wired magazine has a great feature about Twitter.

Writer Clive Thompson explains what Twitter is, why it appeals to so many people and how he thinks a microblogging tool like Twitter may influence future software development.

Much of that has been written already in other mainstream media and blog posts. What I found really interesting in Thompson’s article is this:

[…] When I see that my friend Misha is “waiting at Genius Bar to send my MacBook to the shop,” that’s not much information. But when I get such granular updates every day for a month, I know a lot more about her. And when my four closest friends and worldmates send me dozens of updates a week for five months, I begin to develop an almost telepathic awareness of the people most important to me.

[…] It’s almost like ESP, which can be incredibly useful when applied to your work life. You know who’s overloaded — better not bug Amanda today — and who’s on a roll. A buddy list isn’t just a vehicle to chat with friends but a way to sense their presence. Are they available to talk? Have they been away? This awareness is crucial when colleagues are spread around the office, the country, or the world. Twitter substitutes for the glances and conversations we had before we became a nation of satellite employees.

That’s exactly it. That’s how I see the value of Twitter and Jaiku, the other such tool I use.

Naturally, I found out about the Wired story on Twitter, in a tweet from Marco Derksen.

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