New Twitter TV show might be a hit...

OK, chances are that the Twitter-inspired TV show will be a flop. Most shows are.

But when it comes to successful tech-inspired plots, think about Martin Scorcese’s The Departed. The plot revolved around the cell phone. The story could not be told without it, could not have happened without it. And yet very few people coming out of the theater would call it a cell-phone movie.

Of course, The Departed was an ambitious Hollywood production by a leading director. Chances are that the Twitter TV show will turn out to be just a celebrity-hunting gimmick trying to take advantage of a fad. But it doesn’t have to be if its creators use their imagination.