Twitter history told at Wall Street Journal
April 24th, 2009

In a Wall Street Journal article today Michael S. Malone traces the history of Twitter, and of its founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams (WSJ drawing above by Ismael Roldan). It seems to me that Howard’s original insight which he called “smart mobs” is proving to be a fundamental phenomenon of the 21st century. Twittering does the smart mobbing/flocking at a granular level. Figuring it all out is ongoing, as this highlight from the article shows:

“It took us a while to figure out that it really was a big deal,” says Mr. Williams. It was at the annual South by Southwest tech conference/music festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2008, that the social power of Twitter came home to the co-founders. “I found myself watching groups of people twittering each other to coordinate their actions — which bar to go to, which speech to attend — and it was like seeing a flock of birds in motion,” says Mr. Stone.

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