Nice article from the NYT about Twitter on New Years Day.
Two things stuck out for me.
1) Plumbing: Technology that becomes like plumbing endures. Meaning: simple, in the background and essential. Quote Steven Johnson, the article says:
“The history of the Internet suggests that there have been cool Web sites that go in and out of fashion and then there have been open standards that become plumbing, ” … “Twitter is looking more and more like plumbing, and plumbing is eternal.”
2) Wired collective voice. The author of the article writes:
Like many newbies on Twitter, I vastly overestimated the importance of broadcasting on Twitter and after a while, I realized that I was not Moses and neither Twitter nor its users were wondering what I thought. Nearly a year in, I’ve come to understand that the real value of the service is listening to a wired collective voice.