Monday, May 16, 2011

Twitter, relationships and the Dunbar number

An interesting conversation emerged on Twitter last night. It hasn't ended yet I suspect, but I wanted to capture a snapshot of it to share.
The conversation is all about twitter and other technologies and how these may or may not enable us to push up the Dunbar number. Those involved include the 5th Beatle of the Cluetrain JP Rangaswami (Jobsworth). author of Herd, Mark Earls (Herdmeister), uber blogger and techy Kevin Marks, Tech journalist (at the Guardian) Jack Schofield, musician, blogger and coder Jack Stow, knitting nomad @Carocat - and a bit of me.
It's one of twitter's weaknesses that valuable conversations can be difficult both to follow and to archive when multiple parties are involved - yet this is exactly when it is of it's greatest value: bringing people together around things they all care about: An adhoc fuzzy-edged community of purpose rather than a silo of friends.
Here's the snapshot. Go follow any of the folk involved to join in.

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The rate of change is so rapid it's difficult for one person to keep up to speed. Let's pool our thoughts, share our reactions and, who knows, even reach some shared conclusions worth arriving at?