Facebook was last year’s big thing but many people are predicting that 2009 will be the year that Twitter goes mainstream. Twitter is a delightfully simple system that allows you to broadcast short (140 character) messages to anyone who is interested in what you have to say. It’s a bit like a Facebook status without Facebook. You can see my twittering in the sidebar to the right. If you are sceptical about this modern trend, Bishop Alan (who has a terrific blog) points out that the roots of Twitter go a long way back and that it is all to do with people being social animals. I particularly liked this little snippet:
I realised years ago that our kids go MSN’ing not to explore hi-tec, but to chat with their mates. It’s a social process, stoopid. The sign of a technological dimwits is to think it’s all about the technology. (read more)
I didn’t know that bishops could call people dimwits, but I find it rather comforting that they can.