Three Things to Read About Twitter

Firstly there’s a piece about Inside Twitter in the Guardian

The piece itself is pretty good. But it’s the comments underneath that are the telling bit. It’s full of the usual nonsense and lots of people moaning that Twitter is this year’s Friends Reunited blah blah blah.

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But you know what, to me it doesn’t matter. Twitter is a real thing. It’s something that people are using and enjoying, and it’s changing the way that lots of people spend big chunks of their connected time. Surely anything that affords change in this way can never be seen as a total waste of time?

This piece on Murketing makes some really interesting points about the point of pointlessness. Here’s a flavour of the piece:

Yes. Twitter freaks don’t want to say, “Look, I’m just messing around. I’m goofing off. Yes, it’s a waste of time, but that’s the whole point.” Instead you get the stuff about Twitter being more important than CNN, or about new forms of community, or truth-to-power revolution, and like that. And yeah those arguments can sort of be backed up by examples — but so can counter-arguments about banality and narcisissm.

If it is play, why not just say so? Why not just say it’s fun? After all, one of the reasons “play” is always in vogue in certain business magazines is that it really is important to creativity — taking yourself out of the routine makes your thinking less rigid, etc.

It’s worth a read. Really.

And finally this piece from Umair Haque’s blog at Harvard Business entitled Twitter’s Ten Rules For Radical Innovators gets across some of the bigger more important things that Twitter represents. There’s some typically ‘Harvard Business’ comments too, which are worth skimming. But in general I’m a huge fan of this piece.

I’m not going to spoil it by listing out the rules – go and read it.

All You Can Eat Hip-Hop

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Yoiks! Here’s a definitive history of hip hop, all mixed up and ready for download.

I’m not a massive fan of MTV Base style R&Bized modern hip hop, and Westwood makes me want to purchase knock-off Uranium and do something really bad to mankind.

On the other hand these mixes are jammed with stone-cold classics that you and your momma can enjoy. The guys from The Rub (Cosmo, Eleven & Ayres) really know their shizzle. Mixing up well known favourites along with some more obscure stuff.

Featuring artists like:

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Africa Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Eric B. & Rakim – My Melody, Kool Moe Dee, Run DMC, Ultramagnetic MCs, Stetsasonic, Kool G Rap, Public Enemy, BDP, Jungle Brothers, Kid N Play, 45 King, Rob Base, 2 Live Crew, NWA, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, EPMD, Doug Lazy, Biz Markie, Digital Underground, Slick Rick, 3rd Bass, etc. etc. etc.

Each mix documents a particular year from ’79 to ’95 and counting… Archive of 1979-89 is available here. The more recent years are available for download here.

If you’ve always thought that you should or might like hip hop, this is a great place to get started with the good stuff. And if you’re a lapsed fan, it’s the place to re-light your fire.