Monday, June 2, 2008

It all started with a messenger bag

In case you didn't see it on the Twitter blog, here is a very interesting video from Jack describing twitter, the motivation for developing it, and some interesting stories of how it is used. According to Jack, the inspiration for twitter came from his Mom. His Mom's search for the perfect suitcase, resulted in Jack's fascination with bike messenger culture and ultimately, their dispatching. So dispatching and SMS, begat twitter.

Some interesting uses of twitter that Jack describes include:
  • Japanese tamagotchi cats.
  • Sensor that signals you to water the plants.
  • LAFD fire alerts.
  • Massively shared experiences like earthquakes.
Dorsey describes twitter as connecting people through realtime updates which spark conversations and expose trends. What do you think about his description?

Jack Dorsey Presents Twitter from biz stone on Vimeo.


Ann Handley said...

I hadn't seen the video... thanks for posting. And I agree with Dorsey, although I'd add that it's great for lots more, too.. some serious, some not so.

BTW -- nice new blog!

Warren said...

Thanks Ann, coming from you, it means alot.