confirmed by people who were there at the time as Twitter’s raison d’etre. It’s something it’s actually good for, and that’s what I use it for: Random thoughts, mini-anecdotes, how I’m actually spending waking hours. Basically, the personal trivialities I always thought weren’t worth wasting an entire web site posting for. The only reason I use Twitter rather than Facebook for this task is that Twitter has a clean and open API, whereas Facebook’s API is horrible and doesn’t (as far as I could tell) let you extract status updates.
So it’s another case of “the street finds its own use for things”, as William Gibson put it. Twitter has become the golden hammer of short web postings, and apparently there are plenty of small screws that still need pounding in.
© mathew 2017