I don’t remember when I first signed up for Twitter, probably around the time I started doing stuff for PodTech. For months, though, I really didn’t do much with it and neither did anyone else, really. But in the last three weeks, it has just exploded.
Suddenly Twitter is hot. Scoble announced that he and Maryam are having a baby on Twitter. Suddenly a global back-channel of communication has appeared. Conversations flying around from all corners. At SXSW, Twitter is so hot Jim tells me it’s flashed up on screen. The way to self-organize and connect.
Ross remarks that Twitter has “tipped the tuna” (hmm Twitter tuna sushi … ), Jeremiah remarks that while he eschews IM now, he’s liking and into Twitter. Even more interesting is Andy Carvin’s idea, that I agree with, that Twitter over SMS could have real potential in an emergency.
What I see is that Twitter is the new Flickr.
Flickr, as Web 2.0 lore goes, didn’t start out as a photo sharing tool or site, it was an off-shoot of a game. Users took what is now Flickr and made it what it is today and that is what I see happening with Twitter.
Bren just posted (and I was notified by Twitter) about the 7 Habits of Wildly Successful Twitter Users (I don’t know if I’m highly successful, but I’m working on it) including Lifehack.org’s 5 Ways to Use Twitter for Good. BTW, that’s one of the uses, instant information sharing.
What will Twitter evolve into? I haven’t a clue, but I do know that it’s hot right now and with all the amazing people and minds looking at it, it should be very cool.