Rabu, 23 Maret 2011

Twitter: tweeting louder than ever


from: Guardian: Tech

As it turns five, the microblogging service is only getting bigger and more pervasive – and more important to journalism

'Just setting up my twttr", wrote Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chairman, on 21 March 2006 at 12.50pm, Pacific Daylight Time. If you feel like lighting candles and baking cakes, that's 8.50pm GMT on Monday – marking the point at which Twitter, variously dubbed a social networking service and a microblogging service, turns five.

In that time it has woven itself into tumultuous events: the news that a plane had crash-landed in the Hudson River (with picture); the election protests in Iran; the rapid dispersal of the news of an 7.8-magnitude earthquake in China; updates from the ground about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

There have been less important moments – multiple billions of them, including Stephen Fry being stuck in a lift ("we could be here for hours. Arse, poo and widdle"); the race in 2009 between Ashton Kutcher and CNN to be the first past 1m followers (a contest rendered irrelevant by Charlie Sheen's meteoric rise this year); Sarah Palin's coinage of "refudiate"; and Clarence House announcing the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Twitter has become an endlessly flowing river of news, opinion, information, expertise, contacts, data, links, connections. You can not only find out what is happening, but connect to the people you're trying to reach more directly.

It's changed the relationship between media, fans and celebrities: the latter can dismiss a story within seconds of it appearing. (Though it has also proved a tabloid godsend, which can generate endless stories from celebrities' real tweets – especially after the PCC ruled that tweets are public statements.) And links to stories broadcast on Twitter are a new source of incoming traffic for news organisations - though presently far behind Facebook or Google.

The question now is: where will Twitter be in five years' time? It is still struggling to fin...

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