If you don’t know about twitter, that’s okay. Maybe you don’t need to.
But here’s what you are missing.
- Next-Wave is a monthly ezine which takes a fresh look at church.
“Our magazine focuses its content on exploring the cross section between
postmodern culture and the living Church. How does the church respond
to the various complex cultural and societal trends that exist? We
prefer writers who are engaging the culture around them, not merely
complaining from the sidelines.”
So I figured I would talk about part of my own explorations of that intersection and wrote about twitter in an article called “On (digital) sparrows.” You can check on the article and if you want, make a comment on it. I would be grateful.
- Because of twitter, I learned of a guy named Jim Long. Jim is a camera guy for NBC news and twitters throughout his day. Recently he spent a week traveling around the world. He is producing a two-part video travelogue which is wonderful. Part one is here. What is so compelling is that he gives a human side to the people who are doing the media work and the government work. It is about relationship.
- Leisa Reichelt spoke at a conference in June on the idea of twitter being part of creating Ambient Intimacy. At the link are her presentation slides and a summary of her presentation
Here’s her definition:
“Soooo… as you probably know, Ambient Intimacy is a term to describe
that sense of connectedness that you get from participating in social
tools online that allow you to feel as though you are maintaining and,
perhaps in fact, increasing your closeness with people in your social
network through the messages and content that you share online – be it
photographs or text or information about upcoming travel..”
I love the concept as a way of explaining not just what happens with twitter, but with blogging, IMing and our other ways of touch each other online. Particularly when they are accompanied by occasional face-to-face or voice-to-voice interaction which can add a dimension of accountability, these modes of interaction can be powerful. They create the on-line version of walking down the street in a small town and saying hello to a friend, the brief interaction that maintains contact.
Thanks, of course, to Chris Brogan for pointing out the article.
- So you still need to know what twitter is? It’s like blogging with 140 characters at a time. It’s like sitting on a park bench on the main street of a really small town and having your friends walking by and letting you know what’s going on at that moment. It’s like prose and poetry and nonsense all mixed together. It’s like sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee and hearing all the birds…and then being able to find out what all those little chirps are. It’s like this (for me).
- If you don’t like metaphors, ask me and i’ll give you an example of how twitter was useful in a particular situation. Or you can just listen to my audioblog from last week.
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