Is Twitter The Future Of Television?May 26th, 2009 | By James Lewin | Category: Featured Story, Internet TV, Microblogging, Video
Twitter’s Biz Stone offers some interesting comments today on Twitter and the future of television:
Twitter is very open. As a result, thousands of different applications, web sites, and mobile interfaces have been created by developers. These different approaches add variety and relevance to Twitter and in general make the ecosystem more interesting. However, Twitter’s openness is not limited to the web or even to mobile phones.
During the 2008 presidential elections, Hack The Debate showed us how Twitter could make television interactive and possibly even have a democratizing effect on the medium. The power of Twitter was harnessed to create new, compelling, and engaging programming. CNN was an early innovator with Twitter too. Our openness made it all possible.
Twitter’s open approach might have the power to transform televisionâ€”the dominant communications receiver worldwide. We’re very excited to see where these experiments take us.
It would be a no-brainer to create a Twitter version of DiggNation. As popular as Twitter is, it would probably be an immediate hit, too.
But while DiggNation may represent a new model for media creation, Twitter has the potential to be a key facet of the future of television.
The days of televisions being broadcasting terminals are over; the future of television is open and interactive. You don’t watch TV anymore – you Twitter about it, blog about it, embed it, respond to it and remix it.
The way you watch your favorite TV show, or DiggNation for that matter, won’t be defined by the network, your cable company or by the company that made your TV; the way you watch TV will be defined by the content creator, fans of the show and you.