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Changing how we share information - 140 characters at a time

Social networking has changed the way we communicate, connect, and learn. It allows us to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that we would not have been able to, because time and space make it impossible.

Allowing individuals to gather and express themselves in a much more simple and immediate fashion, social media provides the capability to not only have the ability to share ideas and opinions, but also (if they wish) gain notoriety, and expand their influence.

Twitter made an announcement on its official blog that users are now sending 200 million Tweets every day. This picture really hammered home what we all probably already knew...

200-million Tweets

...that we Tweet.....a lot.

A few other stats from the post that seemed shocking:

  • If you read all of the text in every Tweet sent in a single day, it would take you 31 years
  • That’s the equivalent of a 10 million-page book
  • That Rebecca Black (check out her video here) beat out both Charlie Sheen and Britney Spears as a top trending topic for the first half of 2011

The sheer volume of information being sent 140 characters at a time is just astounding. The ability to do so has altered the way ideas change hands and how fast those ideas spread. At the same time, leading organizations are looking to social collaboration tools, such as social business software, to empower their employees to be more productive and to cultivate deeper relationships with customers and partners.

I’m amazed and excited that I’m around during this time to see how this changes our lives. While its still up in the air what Twitter’s business model is (or going to be), its clear that the network will continue to be a major force in how we share and consume information. Acquia announced this week that Twitter’s developer community is built on Drupal and supported by Acquia. We are proud to be a part of this effort and look forward to continuing to help shape the future!

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