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December 2009
twitter: Flock of Genius or Just For the Birds?
It's free but confusing. It's fleeting but resonant. It's word-of-mouth (and more) for the Digital Age.
by W. R. Tish
Consider some aptly named Internet icons, whose monikers capture their essence. Google, inspired by the ridiculously long number, represents seemingly endless, directable search capability. Facebook is the digital-age reinvention of a school yearbook. Amazon is a retail vendor whose scale evokes its voluminous namesake river. Now along comes Twitter, best described as a communal microblog, emulating the melodious cacophony of birds. Think of Twitter as the concept of email built on the scale of...
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