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March 13, 2007
John Edwards has gone dark on Twitter
Fred Wilson is in Austin, falling for Twitter. Matthew Hurst shows that the uptake of this bulletin board of what people are doing at this very instant is soaring. The graph shoots north in the last day or two of February. Trend or fad? Presidential candidate John Edwards would indicate the latter. Edwards twittered away gamely from the campaign trail--but has disappeared since Mar. 9. In a world of twittering tipping points, that's an eternity.
I'll place my bet on the Fad side of the board. Sorry Twitters.
Posted by: PXLated at March 13, 2007 01:34 PM
Guess you missed this exchange with Scoble yesterday (or posted this before it): http://www.cc-chapman.com/2007/03/13/john-edwards-using-twitter/
Posted by: Doug Haslam at March 14, 2007 08:01 AM
Twitter is just a melding of blogging and SMS.
Of course the blogosphere has gone juvenile over it, but I still think it's significant. What Twitter/SMS does is force people to think succinctly. I suspect that a politician who can master twittering, rather than blogging, will go further, faster.
Two politicians delivered addresses at Gettysburg. We remember the 275-word Address, but we forget the fuller, more cogent, two-hour-long 13,000-word Gettysburg oration. (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Oration).
Here's a challenge to any aspiring politician: Condense the Gettysburg Address into, say, three or four Twitter messages, and you'll be well-exercised to start on the campaign trail!
Posted by: Andrew Denny at March 14, 2007 09:23 PM
John Edwards Twittered again this morning. Why didn't you update your post?
Posted by: Robert Scoble at March 17, 2007 05:00 PM