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‘New York’ Talks Twitter

Biz Stone and Evan WilliamsThis article in New York Magazine is worth a read, whether you’re a Twitter devotee, or a microblogging cynic (as a former member of the latter and a current member of the former, I can say it presents a pretty balanced picture of what Twitter is all about.) Thanks to mastermaq for tweeting it.

New York | How Tweet It Is

… From Twitter’s initial public debut as the best way to find the parties at South by Southwest in 2007, we’ve gone from hackers taking over Barack Obama’s and Britney Spears’s feeds to Republican operatives spending their post-election-malaise retreat bragging about who had more followers, to the Mumbai attacks, when users trapped in the Oberoi Hotel were transmitting messages that chronicled the ongoing madness. Twitter executives are proud of the Mumbai aftermath; Forbes called it “Twitter’s moment,” and Stone’s face lights up when it’s mentioned. “Twitter is not about the triumph of technology,” Stone says. “It’s about the triumph of the human spirit.”

I posted about Twitterers taking advantage of Twitter to communicate during the T.O. blackout a couple weeks ago. It’s a minor example compared to Mumbai, or the most recent unrest in Gaza (which has also developed a vast community of Twitterers). But for something less than two years old, and such a basic premise as fostering a culture of sharing in bite-sized bits that fit in a single text message, it’s surprising the kind of impact it has had so far, and continues to have. There’s a lot of people who study these forms of social media that look at Twitter and see something that should have been obvious– to the point of being mundane– revealed to be the next big evolution in how to interpret and disseminate information.

The reporter, Will Leitch, goes on to talk about how a Twitterer named Krums was the first to witness the crash of US Airways Fligh 1549 as it happened, and how Twitter became ground-zero for that particularly news item even as the New York Times and other news agencies scrambled to cover the story. Krums got a shot of the plane crash and his first thought was to share it on Twitter. And interestingly enough, as Leitch later discovers, Twitter didn’t even notice a spike in traffic.

“That’s only for huge shared experiences, like the inauguration, or Mumbai.” Twitter had unleashed something … and its executives were completely unaware, as its system worked on its own, without them.

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#tcot presiding over Twitter, #tpot eating digital dust

Top Conservatives on Twitter

To Build The Conservative Community on Twitter

  1. Find the following strategy that works best for you. For some people that means following everyone on #TCOT. For others, a more selective strategy of just following people who you find most interesting may work better.
  2. Make a point of tweeting conservatives on the list who you don’t know, but you think might be interesting.
  3. Use the “#TCOT” tag before tweets you think might be of interest to the entire community.
  4. Tell your conservative friends who are not on Twitter to join now.

I find it both frightening and awesome that #tcot (a microblogging tag for “Top Conservatives on Twitter”) beats out any other hashtag used on Twitter by above 10,000 uses. 10,000! It tops out at 30,177 tags, with #mumbai a distant second at 19,492, and #gaza (which I’d have assumed would be on top) in fourth at 13,664.(see: http://hashtags.org/tags/most-updated )

Are liberals just not using Twitter? Have they not figured out how to use hashtags? …It appears #tlot (Top Liberals on Twitter) and #tpot (Top Progressives on Twitter) have been suggested, but so far the bandwagon remains a lonely place. (I’m partial to TPOT myself, but then I’m also partial to ridiculous puns; I’d be somewhat concerned, though, about an abundance of pot/kettle/black jokes at the expense of any forward-thinking progressives.)

Still. Something must be done. The right is trailblazing the microblogging scene while the left is caught resting on its laurels. This cannot stand!