Twitter no longer cares what you're doing

Published July 29, 2009

There are studies emerging all over the place regarding who actually uses Twitter and what they get out of it, and it seems as though the powers that be are starting to take notice.

The social networking site has long since ceased to be a place where you answer the original question “What are you doing?” In fact, I just had to go and check the website itself to see if it actually still featured the question above the text box. It does, which seems odd.

Twitter has relaunched their homepage in a new and fancy way:

Twitter Homepage

Now, for new visitors to Twitter, instead of seeing a stream of consciousness from across the globe, they’re confronted with a much more familiar search box. Trending topics over various periods are much more important than what the latest person said.

Which turns Twitter into a vat of information, constantly being updated, rather than a particular way of contacting people, or simply broadcasting what you had for lunch.

I wonder what the next step will be.

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