Twitter-IRC's evolved little sister

If you were around back in the early days of the web, you probably had conversations on IRC. Everybody had cute IRC names and we had raging conversations about all kinds of things. Chat rooms popped up all over the place and the only people who could find them either knew how to search or they were referred there by people with the same interests. Twitter is really IRC on steroids. It’s better than IRC was in lot of ways, but you can still see it’s roots in the old IRC channels.

  • These days instead of hiding behind a pseudonym we’ve come out in the open and there is some transparency in the communication.
  • Conversations are stored and shared across networks where the discussion continues and deepens.
  • The networks are huge, and because of the advances in search they’re easier to find and listen to.
  • We can share links to resources and discussions that create a swirling mass of information, but instead of disappearing once the discussion is over, these conversations are archived in numerous places all over the web and continue to be referenced and re referenced as the issues evolve.
  • People drift in and out of the discussions, think about them and re-join them or carry them into different social media networks or on to their own blogs, web sites and social platforms.
  • Once you start the conversation you no longer own it. It takes on a life of it’s own. You can join in again, but it belongs to the crowd now.
  • There is no anonymity now. People can and will discover who they’re talking to.

So where am I going with this thread? Simple. People are saying Twitter is dead now the masses have adopted. I’m saying Twitter is another rung on the evolutionary ladder of online conversation. The way we talk to others online, the way we get our news, the way we discover new tools and interests  has dramatically changed.

What’s the next step?

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