1. What a rich picture that you painted of Twitter. From someone who is grappling to get engaged with the technology that is a great account that you provided. It kind of reminds me of seeing the profiles of the Virginia Tech victims and the comments which start with concerned relatives to then a change to a place of remembrance. These emotions and actions are usually ephemeral and lost in the moment however technology is throwing up this space where they become very permanent. hmm I have gone all reflective now

  2. Wow, that was an amazing post!

    I did a presentation on Twitter to my work mates a few days ago… trying to get them to understand why twitter is so interesting, why so many people get addicted.

    If only I’d found this earlier, I would have used it. In fact, I might link to this post, if you were okay with it.

    And some touching posts… I never knew of people who died tweeting… It really demonstrates how integrated the net is with our lives… and deaths too 😉

  3. Yea go ahead and link hon, do what you like – I have CC attribution, non commercial and non derivative at the bottom of each post.
    I have to change the licence from noderivative to sharealike – non derivative is st00pid re: blogs. 🙂

  4. Thanks Laurel, a really inspiring post. You nearly convinced me to start an account! In fact, maybe I’ll go do that now. But before I do … Do you think Twitter will remain the micro-blogging (or whatever you want to call it) tool of choice for the foreseeable future, or is there something else on the horizon given the changes this week? I’m only asking because I’ve been a Twitter-phobe for 2 years (all I hear about is outages) and want to know if I should just wait until “the next best thing” arrives 😉
    (ok, yes I can hear you laughing from here)

  5. Beautiful. I have not really viewed Twitter from this perspective. It’s fascinating.

    Thank you!

  6. Technically it was an ATV accident but that’s really irrelevant. Great post 😉

    Tessa (@driveafastercar)

  7. I agree with the others above – that was a great post. 🙂

    Your comments on the use of rites and rituals is very apt. I recently came across the idea of the cargo cults that existed after WWII. The cargo cult rituals gave value and comfort to the local communities after their sense of loss – yet seemed odd and dis-connected to other external communities. I think people can mourn and also express hope in very different ways – and the new online communities allow new opportunites for such expressions.

    Again – great post – thanks 🙂

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