Micro-Blogging, Futurism, and the Agora

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  • 1.R. Trebor Scholz | @trebors What the hell does micro-blogging have to do with the agora or futurism?

2. The agora (Greek: , Agor) was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.[1] The Ancient Agora of Athens was the best-known example, birthplace of democracy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agora 3. Is writing status updates a waste of time? What are the disadvantages and opportunities of engaging in online conversations and sharing practices? What are some reasons for the popularity of Twitter? Are novels pass? Do even email, videos on Vimeo, and IM take up too much time now? Which way of using Twitter worked best for you? How can micro-blogging help you to distribute your ideas? How does the way we relate to others differ on Twitter and Facebook? Questions 4. Overview Twitter and the Futurist Manifesto Why Does Micro-Blogging Matter? How Twitter Came To Be Twitter Anatomy Twitter Desktop Clients How Do People Use Twitter? Twitter in the Organization/in Education Twitter as a Citizen News-Wire? Twitter, War, Catastrophe Search Twitter Assignment 5. Micro-Blogging and the Futurist Manifesto 6. The Manifesto of Futurism Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1909) youth, technology, speed Look at us! We are not out of breath, our hearts are not in the least tired. For they are nourished by re, hatred and speed! Does this surprise you? it is because you do not even remember being alive! Standing on the world's summit, we launch once more our challenge to the stars! The Futurist Manifesto 7. Why Does Micro-Blogging Matter? 8. selected from: http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2009/01/04/chronicle_hlp.html#comment52073 howardowens: "Twitter is a salon in 140 characters." uchicagolaw: Twitter allows us to give prospective students a bite-sized glimpse into what life here is like. memoirgirl: "Now I'm not just funny to myself." calixte: "I use my Cognitive Surplus to do some Mindcasting, using the ultimate Blip Machine: Twitter." dangillmor: "Twitter is a current (and sometimes early) warning and gossip system, with occasional insight and frequent amusement." tiffanyvonemmel: "Twitter is how I meet with busy people. It replaces email. At academic conferences, I use Twitter to demonstrate the performative turn of knowledge." DW: "Twitter is my shared notepad. If I want to remember something and I don't mind if everyone else knows it, I just post it here." HarryWaisbren: "I nd twitter useful to engage journalists, bloggers, and academics casually whereas within other mediums they would resist." ryansholin: "Twitter is a connection engine that costs nothing. No bar tab, no conference registration, no commitment. Just 140 characters." What they say about Twitter 9. Why Does Micro-Blogging Matter? (A Preliminary List) Inconspicuous way of staying in touch with the passions and obsessions of your friends, colleagues, and experts. What are they paying attention to right now (short messages and also photos)? Update people on what you are writing on your blog Social capital, The Strength of Weak Ties (Granovetter, 1973) Live search: abbreviated live-blogging of a group. Twitter as live-version of social bookmarking services like Delicious-- ask questions Art (i.e, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth) Twitter as news-wire and citizen journalism. Citizen volunteerism and fundraising: (i.e.,Twestival) 10. Why Does Micro-Blogging Matter? (A Preliminary List) File sharing (with the help of services like http://www.acamin.com/ you can share les up to 15 MB) Event live micro-blogging, 140 characters at a time (i.e., group of people covering simultaneous sessions at a conference) Informal social learning (acculturating into communities of practice, evidence of learning process, shareable teaching, reach beyond classroom, access to information becomes access to people who know, self-organized communities). Examples: surgery Post-disaster relief (i.e, Mumbai bombings, Gustav) Increase intra-organizational linkages, connection to larger community and transparency (i.e., universities, U.S. State Department) 11. How Twitter Came To Be 12. Attention and Media 13. Making a More Live LiveJournal http://ickr.com/photos/jackdorsey/182613360/ jack dorsey May 31st, 2000 One night in July of that year I had an idea to make a more "live" LiveJournal. Real-time, up-to-date, from the road. Akin to updating your AIM status from wherever you are, and sharing it. For the next 5 years, I thought about this concept and tried to silently introduce it into my various projects. The 6th year; the idea has nally solidied .... and taken a novel form.We're calling it twttr (though this original rendering calls it stat.us; I love the word.ed domains, e.g. gu.st). 14. http://ickr.com/photos/jackdorsey/182614595/in/photostream/ First Tweet 15. http://www.amazon.com/Six-Word-Memoirs-Love-Heartbreak-Writers/dp/0061714623 For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. -Ernest Hemingway 16. Words, Words, Words twitteric dweet (tweet sent while drunk) twead (reading a twitter post) tweeple tweeps (peeps on Twitter) tweetaholism tweetheart not to be mistaken with tweetard tweetUp (Twitter users meet in person) twibute (to pay tribute to someone) twirting (irting on Twitter) twitch (when you twitter a typo) How to win friends and twinuence people? 17. Twitter Anatomy 18. Twitter in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o 19. The Anatomy of Twitter Replies (public) URL shortening (for link sharing) Retweet (Your clever words passed on by dozens of people) Direct Messages (not public, used by 25% of users) Tweets (cant edit, 140 characters) RT D @ Trends followers following (start with 15-20) # TwitPic 20. Read your feeds on Twitter.com? 21. Twitter Desktop Clients 22. http://www.tweetdeck.com/beta/ 23. For useful responses to frequently asked questions about Tweetdeck also see: http://www.richardbarley.com/2009/02/22/all-your-tweetdeck-questions-answered/ 24. http://friendfeed.com/ 25. -Buzz Group Break- What question would you most like to have answered regarding the topic of the lecture today? Of all ideas and points you have heard so far today, which is the most obscure or ambiguous to you? What is the most contentious statement you heard in the lecture so far? 26. How Do People Use Twitter? 27. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10159054-2.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 For security reasons, the congressional delegation led by House Minority Leader John Boehner to Iraq today was supposed to be secret. Everything had been going ne in that regard. Even media outlets that knew of the trip, like the Congressional Quarterly, kept a lid on the news. That was, until Rep. Peter Hoekstra twittered his arrival into Baghdad. "Just landed in Baghdad. I believe it may be rst time I've had bb service in Iraq. 11th trip here," he sent from his BlackBerry. US Diplomats Start Twittering, ... 28. http://tweetcongress.org/ 29. http://twitter.com/CSIState 30. Erykah Badu twitters her child birth "This f*cking hurts like hell!" "I'm gonna kill this doctor if he does't get this thing out of me." "Why isn't Andre 3000 here yet?" 31. http://twestival.com/ Do this TODAY: 1. Read 5 Ways to Help Twestival Raise $1 Million, then go to http://4charitymate.com and give what you can 2.Attend your local Twestival event. (check http://Twestival.com) Have fun and donate again 3.Tweet to let your followers know its Twestival day 4. Post a blog, Facebook Note, MySpace Bulletin or whatever you can 5. Mail to your mailing list.. tell them all how important Twesitval is to the world 6. Leave a comment here so we can share your blog post with others 32. http://www.botanicalls.com/kits/ 33. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2009/02/16/cohen.twittering.in.the.or.cnn Twittering Surgery 34. http://twitter.com/guydebord http://twitter.com/jennyholzer 35. http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLzSgtG29is Daniel Schorr (91) starts to twitter. Twitter reminds him of the Agora, which was an open "place of assembly," a market place in ancient Greece (900s700s BCE). 36. Twitter in the Organization Engage or Die! 37. Learn what people say about you and join that conversation Find experts in your eld on Twellow.com or Twitter Search What do they think about your organization? Twitter as possibility for creating intellectual community. Organizational: quick way to point to problems. Of course, it only works if people make an effort to use it. Twitter in the Organization 38. http://twuffer.com/home Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release. You can tweet hourly/daily/monthly announcements. 39. http://www.tweetlater.com/ 40. Chat with your professor or other students after class Collaborate on a project. Start a conversation thread. In-class back channel Follow the tweets of professionals Share your teaching resources beyond the class room Twitter in Education 41. Twitter as Citizen News-Wire? 42. A Few Places to Start Nicholas Kristof (NYT) @nytimeskristof Associated Press@associatedpress Breaking News Alerts @BreakingNewsOn NewYork Times @nytimes Brian Lehrer WNYC @BrianLehrer Wired @wired Washington Post @washingtonpost A Few People Howard Rheingold @hrheingold 43. There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy, J Krums in a 3:50 p.m. TwitPic.com Faster than Associate Press (AP) (i.e., BBC follows Twitter to stay on top of events) - PRO: In several instances Twitter received updates faster than TV or news websites: new outlet for citizen journalism - CON: Unreliable sources US Airways Flight 1549, January 15 2009 The event was also caught on video; the footage was uploaded toYoutube. In addition, hundreds of photos were added to Flickr. 44. http