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Monday, March 31, 2008

Twitter meme?

I have been thinking about Twitter a lot recently, well it’s hard not to when it has become a permanent background buzz. Tonight I will be at the Birmingham bloggers meet, I met most of the people there for the first time at the last one, but despite only meeting them once I feel as if I have known them longer. I think this is because of Ambient Intimacy, by sharing the little details of our lives, things that normally only people close to us get to find out, we ipso facto become close. It’s a little bit like the people-hacking trick where if you want someone to like you, you ask them a favour and because their mind will justify the process in retrospect they presume you’re a friend already.

But is the Twitter nonsense cloud more than that? I’m inclined to think that Twitter is becoming a shared subconscious. Like the personal Tweets we send, we are very much in control of the thoughts we have, what we are not in control of are the replies we get from the subconscious, sometimes they agree, sometimes they differ, sometimes they ignore the original thought and throw up something different entirely. Now I’m not saying that Twitter is our first baby steps towards a hive mind like that shared by the Borg (am I?), but the potential for the application, and those like it are massive.

One thing I have noticed so far is that while the practical elements and applications are still being discussed and discovered, the creative and fun aspects opportunities have not even started, witty banter aside of course. I suppose this is because the function and idea of it is still novel enough to be fun in themselves.

One idea I had originally started from the six word fiction project by Wired magazine and a developed into a internet meme, where you write a biography in six words. Six words fits the 140 character limit and I propose we start each Tweet participating with /bio/, which will make the results easier to find using Tweetscan.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous bounder ranted..

Ah I was wondering what those /bio/s were.

Autobiographies only? or can we do other people?

3:19 PM  
Blogger Puck ranted..

of course, the idea was to encourage play within the twitter format, which, hopefully will add more abstract ideas and images floating around in the twitter subconscious cloud

4:51 PM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God ranted..

The Borg, like The Nazis, took a really good idea and royally f**ked it up.

6 word Bio:

'Born, then existed, but now living'

9:54 AM  
Blogger Shroom Monkey ranted..

Me: a bit crazy, a bit cool, a bit lewd, crewd and a tiny bit tattoo'd!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Matt Atkins ranted..

yo. relevent etc...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7287536.stm

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous ranted..

how fucked up are your internets?

http://sickofant.com/images/2007/06/29690.jpg

not sick enough?

behold, EEL GIRL.

www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Eel_girl

phil

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous ranted..

or the legendary SWAP.avi?

http://www.somethingawful.com/d/horrors-of-porn/horrible-saga-swapavi.php

once you watch SWAP.avi, you can't unwatch it. and its definitley Not Safe For Work. you have been warned. not that thats going to stop you, you sick fuck.

phil

1:51 AM  

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