The World According to Twitter

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Once there was slow talk and silence. Then came letters - delivered by horse or sailing ship, months in coming, deep in thought. Then came the telegraph, telephone, cell-phone, e-mail, Palm Pilot, Blackberry, texting, instant messaging, and now — Twitter.

Non-stop, instant communication from anywhere, all the time. Hyper-connectivity, always present, in a non-stop global mind-share of twittering micro-thoughts. "Hungry!" "Love duck." "Doing dishes." "Off to bed."

We're pushing deeper into the seamless cyber-mind. Are we happy now?

This hour On Point: Twitter, and the hyper-connected culture.


Jack Dorsey, co-founder,

Rob Pegoraro, personal technology columnist, The Washington Post

Holly Willis, professor of media studies at the University of Southern California and editor of the forthcoming book, "The New Ecology of Things"

Robert Scoble, former Microsoft blogger, now vice president for media development at

This program aired on April 27, 2007.


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