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I just learned something interesting via @cascio: there is a Swedish Twitter University (read FAQ here) and Jamais Cascio will be donig a session about “The Foresight Immune System” on Monday 12th 8 pm GMT (read about it on Jamais Cascio’s site here. This particular session might be interesting for anyone interested in future and foresight, but the idea of a twitter based education might be interesting to explore for many others…
The world is global, which means that I didn’t know about this until now, even if I am living in Sweden.
In the physical world, we tend to identify ourselves by nationality. But online, where you can reach across cyberspace and speak directly and instantaneously with someone 6,000 miles away without ever passing through customs, nationality isn’t nearly as meaningful. The real borders are created by language: Language is what makes someone addressable no matter where he is. Language is what you share with strangers above all else. Language is your passport into a new community of people.
This chart was made from analyzing Twitter. To me it is interesting to note how well languages still match the borders of countries. If we revisit our history we can see it is really the effect of the nation state and it’s control of the recent technologies of the printing press and even more recently the radio, the TV and the telephone. All of which where technologies that relied on national investments in infrastructure and consequently used by governing bodies to strengthen the nation (and their power of over the people) by emphasizing the national borders, cultural and language. These technologies were in fact all instruments in building the modern nation state.
With Internet this might be a different story…
Using millions of Twitter subscribers as living “sensors,” engineers from Rice University and Motorola Mobility have developed a way to monitor fans’ levels of excitement while keeping track of the action in NFL games — without ever switching on a TV.
Another example of how Twitter is helping researcher to tap into people’s emotions.
When Twitter became a personal communication tool it also became a researcher’s way to our brains. This project use twitter to analyze mood swings and find that, on average, people wake up in a good mood. What is really interesting is that psychology research takes a step out from the traditional use of psychology students as research material and into the real world where millions of people are providing digital data on a rather personal level.
Heading back to school? On Twitter? Then this cartoon of the day is for you… Remember to enter this week’s cartoon caption contest: http://nyr.kr/r46had
This is funny, but it also points at the importance to note how technologies redefine our world… How will e g GPS impact children’s future perception of stories like Hans and Gretel? - “Why was they lost? What is lost, anyway??”
Go read the whole piece: it is truly brilliant.
I also find it extremely interesting that Popova is using a technique in this piece that I have developed here, where I call out the most critical statements in my work. She’s using bold, while I make the fonts larger. In this way, a cursory scan read will still hit paydirt. She’s writing about the change in our attention and the job of curators, and certainly pulling out the central themes is one such job.
This somewhat incomplete but relevant picture of different technologies which are vehicles for different communication needs misses to point out one very interesting but hidden aspect. It is an argument for why Twitter is so powerful: it ties into almost all different communication situations and do also cover both the asynchronos as well as the synchronos communication modes.
And why not mention Twitter in group collaboration situations? I would bet that it works in these situation already - just use the right tag.
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P A Martin Börjesson
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