Nathan Bransford wrote:Haha... future historians will be very, very bored.
marilyn peake wrote:Nathan,
A post about the Science of Buzz sounds fascinating! That could lead to some really great conversation! I joined Twitter a while back. I thought I would hate it, but I’ve actually learned a lot over there. I receive continuous tweets about the publishing business, tweets from astronauts and lots of authors, and much more. The most amazing experience for me on Twitter was when tweets started coming in from Iran during the protests in Iran last year, before there was even a mention of it on the regular news. Here’s an article at THE DAILY BEAST about it: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-06-14/harrowing-tweets-from-iran. I found myself amazed, reading tweets – that were re-tweeted by people I follow on Twitter – that were from Iranian people tweeting about beatings and asking for help, later reporting which hospitals in Iran were no longer safe and which ones were safe to go to for treatment, then Iranian people tweeting that their government was sending out tweets with false information about where to go, then new secret IP addresses being created in Iran, then Americans trying to help by re-tweeting the IP addresses, then Iranians begging Americans to stop re-tweeting IP addresses because their government would see that, then Americans apologizing and changing the time zones on their own Twitter accounts to confuse the Iranian government as to which Twitter accounts might be located in Iran and which ones were located elsewhere. Eventually, a movement started in which people around the world changed the color of their Twitter avatars to green in support of the Iranian citizens. It was breathtaking to witness history in the making in that way. I also love when astronauts tweet from outer space. I think it will be very cool for students and researchers to be able to access real dialogue that took place on Twitter ... although, granted, every tweet is only 140 characters or less in length. Of course, like you said, there’s also A LOT of booooooring information on Twitter. Hopefully, the Twitter account in the Library of Congress will be searchable, not just one huge pile of info. dump. :)
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