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Twitter is an Event Aggregator.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 5, 2008

I’m getting a lot of pressure from “friends” to twitter and if I had another 24 hours in the day I would definitely do it. Why? Here’s an example of how twitter can focus energy and communication on any single event. Thousands of people who are part of the “Twitter tribe” use it to connect to each other and plug into events. Point in case— David Armano tips me off to this Super Tuesday profile on Twitter which he got invited to “follow”. Essentially it aggregates and links to news items and related links relevant to Super Tuesday in one place Look at the information on that page. A BBC interactive state-by-state election map. Americans in Jakarta voting for Obama (of course). Times when voting starts in different states. Huge amount of information coming in from many sources.

Of course, all it takes is one person in the twitter tribe to give false information to mess things up, at least until someone else catches it and corrects the error.

Manipulation of social networks is a huge deal—but that’s another subject.

Reader Comments

David Armano

February 5, 2008 3:10 PM

Hi Bruce,

Not sure who actually put the Twitter profile together, but it looks like it aggregates related links and commentary from multiple sources.

I recieved an invitation this morning and returned the favor by "following"—so when I look at my feed throughout the day, I get updates on Super Tuesday mixed in with everything else.

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