Twitter (flown the coop.?)
Who would have thought that the thrill of posting what you are doing into the unraveled abyss of threaded conversations would eventually start to dissipate? Who would have thought that those interested in doing so for the perceived 15 seconds of fame from others would start to dwindle? Who would have thought that those who were paying less and less attention to each other would start to wane?
Maybe a noisy Twitter ‘hen-house’ and loud clucking is not enough.
Connectivity and community is only the start; convergence and results are the desired end-game.
That phenomenon is what the social scientists have observed since long before we were web-enabled. Even the old Coleman stove company is now reminding us that it was the original social network ‘hub’. The web (they suggest) is just another version of that warm and useful campfire around which our tribes could gather, contribute to a shared initiative, and their mutual hunger be equitably satisfied (results).
Convergence – isn’t that what we all hoped for when we gathered here around the internet? Weren’t we seeking ‘Collaboration On Purpose’ that creates consensus – that spawns initiatives – that create the mutual benefits of equitable representation and equitable remuneration across these ‘U-Netted Nations’?
That hasn’t happened yet in web-time, but the virtual framework that can make it happen is being envisioned, and its mutual benefits are widely needed as we become one global community – and must cooperate in real time to mutually prosper, or even survive.
To gain that mutual benefit:
I have to know how to converse with you,
we have to lean how to engage others in objective dialogue,
our ‘tribes’ have to come to consensus,
so that we can cooperate on sustainable solutions, and soon.
It’s a start to broadcast our opinions, better to have conversations, better yet to find consensus, still better to envision solutions, even better to cooperate to mutual benefit. That ideal is what is common in all the echoed voices of well-meaning bloggers, local activists, regional representatives, and global leaders.
That won’t happen without convergence. Twitter only serves to remind us that unraveled conversations on a threaded format have run their course, served a purpose, and must now be replaced by convergent conversations. Those conversations must now afford all of us equitable representation, support our shared-governance, and provide us equitable remuneration (whether economic or altruistic).
It is time for us to all ask – for what we want – from ourselves and each other – We The People…
When all the social networks begin to inter-operate, support convergent conversation, uncover consensus, and enable cooperative initiatives where we can all enjoy participation in and benefits from that syndicated community, all their numbers can and will increase. Or at least that is what I for one would predict (and prefer).
What’s NEXT with YOU – care to comment…?
Written by gsbigger
July 2, 2009 at 8:33 am
Posted in social networking