.@Twitter. Who Do You Think You Are? (my thoughts)


Nick Bilton, writing in the New York Times, has reprised the existential question, What Is Twitter?

Twitter had me at hello.

My epistemological method derives from “As We May Think,” a 1945 Atlantic Monthly essay by Vannevar Bush, President Roosevelt’s science advisor during World War II. Bush’s vision of the memex led to the development of the hyperlink and the World Wide Web.

I propose that Twitter is a revolutionary technology with potential perhaps even beyond the intention of its creators. Namely, a key component of open-access machines for generating knowledge.

With the advent of Twitter, I realized that we finally had all the tools necessary to create our own personal memex machines. I’m working on a prototype, comprising my Twitter feed, this blog, and a website. Stay tuned.

Use it, build it.