The real nature of Twitter between collaboration and crowdsourcing


This is a translation, for my English speaking friends, of a previous post written in Italian.



We everybody speak a lot about Twitter, often thinking it as a generic social media and many of us, that doesn't know it, mistake it as a sort of Facebook, especially here in Italy.


After have been using it for about one year, my ideas about this platform, that still be in continuos evolution, are clearer.


The first word that comes into my mind is Crowdsourcing: the super major part of Twitter's useful contents are web page recommendations (it's not a case that the most followed accounts seems to be a sort of press release service). It's the People of the Web that sound and narrate the bottom of the Web. It's the perfect antithesis of Google: Twitter is push, Google pull; the first one strikingly take you to the real world, the second is purely virtual; Twitter brings out the value of the People and cannot exist without them, Google try to replace human efforts interpreting and prevent their needs. Is the web 1.0 vs 2.0 (or maybe 2.0 vs 3.0?)


May I'm mad, but I found incredible how, after 10 years spent trying to invent the most intelligent search engines, we are back to the anthill model, where a lot of small ants do their job making efficient the Environment.   


I follow 400 people every day. They are a lot of small (great!) surfers that sound the bottom of the Web for me, looking for the most interesting contents. Since when I use Twitter, I'm not joking, I learned a lot of really useful thinks, read very interesting articles and developed an ablosultely more complete vision of the whole world. 





A sort of collective and common intelligence and knowledge.


The concept of Collaboration has also another consequences: for example it introduces a different social economy, newly based on barter (I give you extra-value information if you follow me, increasing the value of myself within the Community).


To complete this vision I suggest you two book (quite famous) that now, in Twitter era, are relly more tangible and actual:





Now the next point is to understand the real value of knowledge in this world, where in just few minutes you can discover everything you need. Knowledge has become a commodity, accessible by everybody in every moment. So the power is not to know, is to know how to use.


Wins who is able to quickly create and recreate schemas that combine informations, trying to create new ones not used before.




Andrea Denaro