by: Scott Goodson
In today's issue of Time, there is an article entitled: "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live," By Steven Johnson.
"The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression. You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character updates to your "followers," and you think, Why does the world need this, exactly? It's not as if we were all sitting around four years ago scratching our heads and saying, "If only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal."
The article strives to make a point that Twitter has moved from being a tendency or trend to becoming a new national habit among Americans. And that this habit is something new and better and different than what people had before Twitter was born.
I am a little skeptical about the long-term viability of this habit however as technology crazed people like you and me like the 'new' new, and are always looking for interesting new ways to connect and spread ideas.
It might very well grow deep roots and be the media of choice of my children. But based on the fickleness of tech users I think this might well turn out to be another fashion.