Twitter, i social network e il trionfo dell’umanità

Dalle pagine del Times Online, Biz Stone, co-fondatore di Twitter, riflette sul ruolo di megafono della protesta svolto dalla piattaforma di micro-blogging durante le elezioni in Iran e, più in generale, su cosa sia veramente Twitter e perché sia così importante per le persone che lo usano:

My co-founder Evan Williams and I have spent the past 10 years developing large systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate openly. We are united in our belief that software has the ability to augment humanity in productive and meaningful ways. […] For us, it has been a year during which we realised that no matter how sophisticated the algorithms get, no matter how many machines we add to the network, our work is not about the triumph of technology, it is about the triumph of humanity.

Many people have assumed that Twitter is just another social network, some kind of micro-blogging service, or both. It can be these things but primarily Twitter serves as a real-time information network powered by people around the world discovering what’s happening and sharing the news. The Iranian election was the most discussed issue on Twitter in the final year of a decade defined by advancements in information access.


– Times Online: “Why we can never rest: a year in the life of Twitter


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