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How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

An article by Steven Johnson written Friday, Jun. 05, 2009

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1.Name three industries mentioned in article that are being dramatically changed by twitter

The television industry, music industry, and even the news industry

2. What is #hackedu

In early march the author, Johnson attended “a daylong conference in Manhattan devoted to education reform. Called Hacking Education, it was a small, private affair: 40-odd educators, entrepreneurs, scholars, philanthropists and venture capitalists, all engaged in a sprawling six-hour conversation about the future of schools” and#hackedu is the hashtag that they decided on using on twitter during the conference.

3. How is real-time search affecting search engines ? what moves are search engines doing as a reaction to growth of real-time information and search ?

Real time search provides something that search engines don’t. It provides instant responses to a question, not to mention the opinion of the people. It offers personal news and real facts and events in a more personal and subjective, maybe even more credible manner, it also provides interaction. I know that Google has recently launched it’s own real-time search engine.

What Is Real Time Search? Definitions & Players

How about the fact that Google can return “fresh” content sometimes within minutes of that material first being published. Yes, Google does this. But the material itself wasn’t published in real time, nor does it make Google into a real time search engine. That blog post or web page or news article took time to compose between the original thought and the actual publishing event. It didn’t go out in real time.

How about mining social media sites like Delicious or Digg? Some social sharing activity fits into the real time publishing model. But social bookmarking or social news sharing isn’t necessarily real time to me (How Search-Like Are Social Media Sites? provides a deeper look at different types of social media sites). That’s especially true when you consider that most of what’s shared through news sites like Digg itself already wasn’t published in real time. When I see such services included in a “real time” search engine, it usually indicates to me that they’re trying to be more than a Twitter search service as best they can.

Twitter, of course, is the real time publishing leader — the leading microblogging service. So much material is published by so many people so quickly through Twitter that real time search is largely synonymous with searching tweets.

Yes, there are alternative real time publishing platforms. You can Twitpic photos within seconds. But a mass audience doesn’t really know about your picture until you tweet the Twitpic URL, I’d say. Sure you can share thoughts through Facebook status updates. But those updates aren’t readily available to the entire world.

In the real time publishing solar system, Twitter is the Sun around which everything else currently revolves. And that leads to the Twitter problem, for those trying to offer real time search.

We knew it was inevitable, and now it’s here: Google has just launched real-time search integrated into search results pages.

Google (Google) real-time search updates as stuff is happening around the Web — for example, live tweets, Yahoo Answers, news articles and Web pages now stream in on the actual result pages for your query. It works on mobile too (at least iPhone (iPhone) and Android (Android) for now).

4. What type of content do you suggest we hashtag with #lausocial ?

I suggest we hashtag #lausocial with information about new media and social media, perhaps links or tidbits of information that would interest the class, or provide further insight into something that would benefit us to know. I don’t think we should use the hashtag for personal tweets. We can also use the hashtag to direct surveys or questions to the class.

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