Twitter is performance email

To all you Twitter-naysayers who don’t care what I had for lunch, what the weather is around me, what brilliant insight I just had was and to all the rest: that’s fine. I’m not *performing* for you. I’m performing for me, and for my friends, and as a result of being so ostentatious, they are ostentatious back which nullifies any traditional sense of egotism.

Just as Flickr chose to make uploaded photos *public by default*, Twitter does the same for SMS, email and IM and it’s *really* effing interesting. To me. To my friends. To people who care and who relate.

So if you’re some automaton and you’ve forgotten that human connections and communication are fundamental, go back to your cog-in-the-machine day job and let us revel in the freedom of open performance and better living through Twitter.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

3 thoughts on “Twitter is performance email”

  1. i think that’s a lot of the blowback on twitter. people who don’t have friends they want to follow. so they follow internet celebrities, and don’t find it interesting, because they can’t relate.

  2. I see a number of website springing up along the guise of social networking, by simply listing content by recency, and making it ever-so-simple to contribute.

    It acts as it’s own filter, since 99% of people are honest, and rubbish content gets buried quickly.


  3. I love twitter. Initially it was difficult finding friends who would follow my tweets, but the more I posted and the more people I followed the more followers I had. I think you get out of it as much as you put in. Twittervision is awesome. There’s also twittersearch, too.

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