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Twitter: An Evolution of Humankind?

19 April 2009 No Comment


Twitter may be the next small step in the evolution of humankind. Social networking ala Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. are the next step towards a real-time collective consciousness, intellectual and emotional, where each human being is a single cell in a worldwide human master mind and master heart. Twitter tags and blogspheres are the evolution of clubs, families, boards, organizations, and other communities, with a scale and speed formerly unheard of. We are swiftly moving towards a unified body of collective organisms, self-organizing into cyber-organs or cyber-lobes around social circles, events, and topics of interest, which can relay data and emotion around the globe almost instantly. Silly and faddish as it may at first seem, Twitter may be the next step in our evolution towards a single, global human consciousness.

Stephen Hawking has referred to what he believes is a new stage in human evolution that transcends the mutation of DNA and manifests itself in the aggregation of human knowledge in the form of “books”, now written at the rate of 50,000 written in the English language each year.(http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/07/stephen-hawking-the-planet-has-entered-a-new-phase-of-evolution.html) This volume of information is not digestible by any single human being, as the entirety of literature once was not so long ago. What Hawking does not discuss in this theory is the dissemination and sharing of this information. In order to manage the pace of our intellectual and social develpment as a race, we require new forms of social structure to organize, filter, and transmit this data in real-time, as it is needed by people in their daily lives, research, decisions, and socializing. Online social networking begins to fill this need.

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