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For Those Who Don't 'Get' Twitter….

Posted by andreaitis on February 16, 2009

Think: Real-time thought streaming, zeitgeist and search.

twitter and thought-streaming

What if you could peer into the thoughts of millions of people as they were thinking those thoughts or shortly thereafter? And what if all of these thoughts were immediately available in a database that could be mined easily to tell you what people both individually and in aggregate are thinking right now about any imaginable subject or event? Well, then you’d have a different kind of search engine altogether. A real-time search engine. A what’s-happening-right-now search engine.

In fact, the crude beginnings of this “now” search engine already exists. It is called Twitter, and it is a big reason why new investors poured another $35 million into the two-year-old startup on Friday.

Mining The Thought Stream

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4 Responses to “For Those Who Don't 'Get' Twitter….”

  1. Its so funny to me the number of friends that are utterly befuddled by Twitter. When I first saw it, I just thought “Hmm. Facebook if it were only status updates”. Granted, its morphed into more than that, but its not a hard concept to grasp unless youre completely new to social media.

    What is baffling to me is why I cant type apostrophes in this comment box. Hmmm…

  2. Michael Roston said

    I’ve moved from befuddled to “DO NOT WANT.” I’ve moved to “Already Have Facebook, with photos.”

  3. Coates Bateman said

    Twitter is, hopefully, the last tweet of a culture/society who writes or speaks before thinking

  4. Marc Herman said

    Personally Twitter seems to me too easy a way to measure the limits of peoples’ interest — something facebook does brutally well. And I prefer broader metrics anyway, like who shows up if I am giving away plates of bbq ribs.

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