Twittering the news

Summary:In what is rapidly (OK, it's happened three times in the last few days), Twitter is taking on a role that I'm sure its inventors never conceived. Last week, Robert Scoble offered to pose questions at the Google OpenSocial press conference.

In what is rapidly (OK, it's happened three times in the last few days), Twitter is taking on a role that I'm sure its inventors never conceived. All events are/were backed up/parsed by blog media reports of varying length and quality. Why does this matter? The Twittersphere (or is it Twitterverse?) is becoming a fresh channel for disseminating the real-time thoughts and observations of people attending events. Tweets are adding nuance and color to very loosely connected conversations from people I know and trust. No-one thought it up. It is emergent behavior of the kind Professor Andrew McAfee has predicted. Here's an example: In his ZDNet report, Phil Windley explains why Michael Barrett is terrified about the way Web 2.0 'stuff' is perpetuating the security problems of the past. Fellow Irregular Jeff Nolan in Tweets says:
Barrett: Web 2.0 fixes none of the root 1.0 issues, it adds new stuff with little thought about security about 2 hours ago from Snitter Icon_star_empty Michael Barrrett: web 1.0 security standards are broken. about 2 hours ago from Snitter Icon_star_empty
VC investor Jeff Clavier has this to say in his Tweets:

Web 2.0 does not fix Web 1.0 issues and adds XML/Xpath issues about 2 hours ago from twitterrific Icon_star_empty Troubled to hear that OpenID as it stands today could not be used by Paypal because it is to easy to hack about 2 hours ago from twitterrific Icon_star_empty Great presentation from Paypal's Michael Barrett - their security officer - about all the flawed protocols we are using every day on the Web about 2 hours ago from twitterrific Icon_star_empty 
Ben Metcalfe chimes in with:

from Defrag: PayPal CISO says around 30% of endpoint PCs are compromised about 2 hours ago from im Icon_star_empty

If tools like Twitter become ubiquitous; events and press conferences become 'open house' comment rings about companies, products, relationships...the list goes on. If you're in corporate PR, IR or AR then life just got a whole lot more challenging because Twitter has suddenly developed the potential to be  highly disruptive.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser, Security

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Dennis Howlett has been providing comment and analysis on enterprise software since 1991 in a variety of European trade and professional journals including CFO Magazine, The Economist and Information Week. Today, apart from being a full time blogger on innovation for professional services organisations, he is a founding member of Enterpri... Full Bio

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