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Words in the air vs. online May 1, 2009

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Grab Bag, Trends.

Seems like everyone has thoughts on the Social Media phenomena.  One of my thoughts is that tweets are the online equivalent of what you discuss at the office water cooler.

Haven’t you heard? C’mon, you know what I mean. Those brief, casual exchanges with colleagues about what is top of mind. A way to stay connected. Maybe, it leads to more discussion or sparks a new idea, answers a question even. I have seen those done on Twitter and more.

The difference is that instead of words in the air, now there are in the ether and will remain. You may not remember what you said last week at the water cooler.

But, Twitter does and you or anyone else can look it up. Whether it’s Twitter or FaceBook or some other Social Media tool, they all provide a way to stay connected and current in a virtual sense.

So, when someone asks you ‘What would I Tweet about’? Tell them the same things they would say while getting a drink of water. At least, that’s what I saw online. Why, what did you hear?



1. Karl Heinz Kremer - May 6, 2009

Actually, I beg to differ… Yeah, I know, I’ve been called opinionated before. In my opinion, Twitter is not so much a way to stay connected as a tool to get connected. It’s like jumping in on a discussion that’s happening around the water cooler three buildings down the road.
You don’t have to be connected in order to participate in a discussion with strangers. Once you do that a couple of times, these strangers become (online) friends, and then you can work on staying connected.
Having this ability to create a new connection is what makes Twitter different from other social media tools (FaceBook, mySpace, LinkedIn, …)

Edwin Ritter - May 6, 2009

Appreciate your comments, Karl Heinz. Of course, once you get connected, you stay connected. I was thinking about the virtual similarity about the dialogue. The communication still takes place, the where and how it occurs changes from the physical world to online . Just like this exchange as another case in point!

Thanks – look forward to further exchanges. See you in real time soon.

2. Karl Heinz Kremer - May 6, 2009

Ed, yes, I understand that, and I don’t have a problem with it. It’s just that Twitter allows you to do more, and I think describing it as “Twitter is just like…” makes it more complicated to get that uniqueness across. People have a hard time “getting” Twitter as it is, and I’m trying very hard to push that uniqueness. Wanna take my class? 🙂

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