Last night, I had a video of David Allen running, I was reading blogs on blog mad and blog explosion and I was reading what people were saying on Twitter. So I had audio input (I wasn’t really watching the video) new blog material from a variety of sources that I would not ordinarily read and the latest micro-blogging from people across the world.
Twitter is sort of like reality TV except that it’s real time. Jaffejuice said that “Twitter is like a police scanner except you can talk to the police.” I like that except we’re all the police. I think it’s more like the Borg from Star Trek. It gives you the latest information; the latest sensory input from organic nodes throughout civilization. It is like a human botnet whose job it is to report what is happening at the moment.
Of course there is a lot of noise. There are a lot of people talking about a lot of things in which I have no interest. That’s why I was listening to Mr. Allen and reading blogs. The combination of activity was far better than television or movie watching. It was even better than playing a videogame. It satisfied my relentless desire for new material.
I’ve written in the past how we are all nodes. We get more connected every day. But not all of us speak the same language and not all of us have the same interests. Some of us are, sadly, quite annoying. And when a node annoys me, I unfollow it. I’ve done this three times so far and by the count of followers that I have, some people have unfollowed me as well. This does not surprise me in the least. I am an acquired taste. Take this blog for example, while there are a fair amount of readers, I will never be Robert Scoble. And that’s fine.