This week I had a look at the article written by Steven Johnson, who spoke about the way twitter is changing the way we live.
Twitter HQ designed the service, which now continually evolves and is being redesigned by its users everyday. ‘It’s like inventing a toaster oven and then looking around a year later and seeing that your customers have of their own accord figured out a way to turn it into a microwave.’
Its interesting to note that twitter is arguably as effective as google. Through the use of hashtags we can see live events that can be followed, engaging with twitter users who are following the same thread. You can share your opinions, links etc with a range of audiences through friends and hashtags and you can even search for information that has been commented and challenged on through users who may have shared links, for example, your favourite historian who has shared a paper on the 911.
This is juxtaposed by google, who’s search engine consists of older posts that have had many cited links pointing to them in order to be ‘up voted’ onto the main page of what you search.
Here is an example:
Here I did a search of the word ‘hashtag’ and above are the results. The websites suggested could of been linked through many different cites compared to other websites hence being the first to be shown, even though they could be a lot older. Twitter is current. Twitter is now.