I love this Freshly Pressed blog for more reasons than you can guess.
“But on Twitter, conversations are natural—encouraging others to pipe in—as they are clearly public, after all. Twitter serves as an equivalent of a public forum, rather than overhearing someone’s conversation, as there is no expectation of privacy.”
First, I must agree as I disagree.
Twitter just suspended my account. City like, and un city like at the same time. When someone calls the cops on you in the City, you actually get a cop that comes and tells the other person to calm down, they are out of line.
You do not get that on Twitter. You get the Country friend of a friend, who tries to throw you in jail for spitting on the side walk, when you didn’t. So you have to call your attorney ….
But, I am laughing as I read your comparison. Because, yesterday at this time, I would have agreed with you totally. Maybe Twitter will fix their problem soon, and I will agree again?
Social networks enable varied forms of interaction between their users, through spectrums of openness, hierarchy, and discovery. Facebook and Twitter are the most used services to connect people socially, but bring people together in surprisingly different ways. Facebook’s strengths rely on easily connecting with established networks, showing highlights, and sharing meta-actions (like posting pictures or events). Twitter’s advantages lie in instant communication, building ad-hoc networks, and providing public and widely accessible information.
Why compare social networks to geographical networks? I’ll argue that the same openness, hierarchy, and discovery also applies to suburbs and the city, greatly affecting our modes of relationship. Suburbs span a large area, creating both silos of community and a greater privacy. Suburbs aren’t great for meeting people, but they do provide a framework for connecting disjointed entities to a center.
In comparison, cities move quickly and connect people through greater density. People gather at the local events…
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