Thursday, April 15, 2010

Time to start tweeting, India?

Seems that the social networking site Twitter is generating quite a bit of buzz not just in the tech world, but also in the political sphere.

Ars Technica reports  that The Library of Congress (LoC) (research library and cultural arm of the US Congress) has announced an ambitious plan to archive every single public Tweet made since Twitter started in 2006. Apparently, this will serve as a cultural history of our times based on our new habit of tweeting whatever is on our mind.

Would that excite you or not? :) Inquisitive minds want to know.

Incidentally, the same article notes that the LoC has archived a limited section of data of The Web since 2000 and already has 167 TB of web data.

Webmasterworld also has an interesting discussion around a BBC Interview with Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter. Noting that The White House Press Secretary is also a twitterer, he says that "Twitter will be a fundamental part of how people interact with their government".

Closer to India, that ought to make Shashi Tharoor feel justified! Incidentally, I quite like the guys tweets, which make him a much more real and sympathetic person than your average cardborad cut out, politically correct politician. For a hilarious view on tweeting in India, read this article by Sameer Halarnkar in Hindustan Times

According to PCMag, Twitter is also planning new features including the ability to add specific locations to Tweets.  With Twitter acquiring the Tweetie app for IPhone, and the new Blackberry Twitter App, do you (or I) really have an excuse to not be on Twitter any more?


Last year PluGGd.in featured this survey of Twitter Users in India on their website showing that even among a more evolved user base, people are still figuring out what to do with the service.

Among the same evolved TG, it would be safe to say that other networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are more clearly positioned in their minds and serve more specific purposes.That's exactly my position - what do I have to say that is different from what I say on my blog or on Facebook and what's more, I don't even think most of my friends are on Twitter. No followers, no reason to tweet.

Maybe you (and I!) need to start thinking what we want to twitter/tweet about. Especially if it's all being archived for the future generations. Turning History into Ourstory, anyone?