By close of trading yesterday Twitter was a multi-billion dollar property.
It makes me smile when I think of every conversation about Twitter that I had, circa 2007/2008.
“Twitter? Who cares what you had for breakfast?!”
(cue curled lip and/or wrinkled nose, look of disgust and skepticism)
“Well,” I’d reply. “You can post about your breakfast if you really want to, but sometimes a status is worth monitoring. It allows you to subscribe to any status messages that you want to monitor.
For example, you might want to track the status of your repair technicians in the field. All they’d have to do is post their status. It would only take a blink. If you needed to know where one was you’d just look at their feed for that info.
You might even build an automated process to receive that feed and calculate elapsed time. If a tech was running late at a call you might set an alarm to send out another tech for some of the follow-on calls on that route.
Of course there would be security and other considerations but just put that aside for a moment and think about the concept of monitoring a more important status than breakfast.”
(cue incredulous and disbelieving look combined with head shake)
Sometimes I had the feeling that I’d lost them at “breakfast.”
Image: Junior bluebird flies in for a meal by keithcarver, on Flickr