The Internet is Twitter


The recent US Presidential election was a stunning demonstration of the power of social media as now supported via the Internet.  Indeed social media such as Twitter may now be the principal medium of communication if one measures the ‘bandwidth’, interpreted loosely, that goes into such twittering. 

Now the dreadful incidents in Mumbai provide another far-too shocking example.  That prompts Tim Malbon to ask a fundamental question: Mumbai: flash mob or social media in action?

When news of the ‘terrorist outrage’ broke yesterday evening several people mailed and messaged me with links to the coverage on Twitter. I was awestruck by the live feeds provided at #Mumbai and others (such as Twitter Grid). Having looked around elsewhere, my initial reaction was that the main old-school news agencies like Reuters, CNN and the BBC just weren’t providing the coverage, in contrast to the truly MASSIVE volume of tweeting going on.

However as the evening continued, he become somewhat disillusioned about the chaotic nature of the torrent of information that was being generated

There were no doubt many well-meaning people Twittering. Some on the ground were no doubt using the service to share their personal horror and to connect with the outside world must have been a comfort. But very few were on the ground. Most participants were far away. There needs to be some way of working out who in a situation like this has more authority than someone else. … Last night scared me. We’re like kids playing with things that we still don’t understand. A human tragedy became “something to follow”.

Crowdsourcing is of course an attempt to bring some order to the chaos.  Cloud computing in Africa, for example, can help aid workers to better identify what is really happening in major crises. As one aid worker has noted:

Crowdsourcing means that crisis situations can be explored at comparatively little cost, by making information freely available from an untold numbers of sources. We would basically be liberating information from the vaults of Non Governmental (and governmental) Organizations that have of necessity safeguarded information release for self-preservation.

Another and perhaps better way of marshaling all this data is to consider online surveys.  Of course cell phones can be used merely to indicate who you think should be the next American Idol.  However as we all become more at ease in the digital world, we may well be more inclined to make sure our opinions are known.

19 thoughts on “The Internet is Twitter”

  1. When twitter came into being, its potential could not be correctly evaluated then. Actually the youngsters were using it mainly to stay connected with friends, etc. But with time the power and usefulness of twitter has got revealed.

  2. The data you receive from an answer on a Twitter is usually not anything you could not get on a Google search much faster… but there is one key difference.

    It come from your friends. That context makes adds value.

    And in the asking, you are building meaningful connections and stronger relationships

  3. I love twitter, and I agree that the internet is twitter, or at least it is the web 2.0 version. I love being inteconnected, and I love the quick news headlines… all in one sentence….Micro blogging at its finest.

  4. Yes, Obama is the first presidential candidate to really Get It. It is such a refreshing change. I have been watching his recorded speeches on his website. Reminds me of the fireside chats my great grandparents talked about from days gone by.

  5. Great article. Twitter is simply awesome now. and as Jayden mentioned youngsters and even my self used it to keep in touch of friends. But it has now grown in to a very useful and fun tool to use. Keep up the awesome work. Cheers

  6. I had to admit I underestimated the power of twitter. I’ve been a member of twitter for 3 months but i’ve only start twitting for almost 2 weeks now because I just discovered the benefits of using twitter as a marketing tool and also a great way to connect to my fellow webmasters and bloggers.

  7. I agree with slavezero. twitter is one great marketing tool And an awesome and fun way to connect to your pals. I’m reaping it’s maximum benefits now and it has been a great experience so far. and it will be too. Great post. Appreciate the work

  8. I have only recently discovered Twitter and the potential that it has. Social media is the growing trend these days and Twitter is going to be HUGE. I think this is the year of Twitter!

  9. I agree with Twitter Marketing. Twitter is going to hit great heights this year. Really really high. Its such a great tool. It’s just really awesome for making friends, getting updated and really helpful with blogging.

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  11. Twitter has a really good reputation nowadays as a excellent marketing tool. I agree on that especially with what I have experienced with it. It’s such an awesome service. For networking and marketing. its simplicity adds to its awesomeness 🙂

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