While technology keeps us moving forward with each new development, the creation of the Tweet-O-Meeter that can measure Twitter activity in major cities cites the Titanic as inspiration for its design. While the tool measures tweets-per-minute, it’s sleek design is on display in the British Library for free
until July 16 2011. The exhibit shows how social media has integrated itself into society; to measure tweets world wide puts Twitter and its use at the height of importance.
While the design pays homage to the Titanic, its real success is easily noticed: the acceptance of social media in daily life around the world. Social media’s place in society has grown ten-fold within the last few years, placing constant contact and connectivity at the fore front of our civilization.A quote from blogger Gil Pizano states,
“The social in social media also implies the tools, places and services that allow people to gather for social interaction. Social media allows individuals to gather and express themselves in a much more simple and immediate fashion. By giving people this capability, they not only have the ability to share ideas, opinions and other contents, but also (if they wish) gain notoriety, and expand their influence.”
We have progressed to the stage in our society’s fascination with social media that we are not only heralding it as communication at its finest, but rather the influence it has around the world. Pizano adds,
“Needless to say, social media has forever changed the way society works, whether it’s the sharing of an idea, the communication of news, or the availability of a product or service. Society today is on the verge of a new way of existing that it’s never experienced before. No longer will people from one side of the world be really able to say that they will never see a person or communicate with someone from the other side of the world ever in their life. “
We are beginning to take social media off its glorious pedestal of a new invention and showcase it as another venue for communication. The telephone’s spectacle eventually wore off as well, and when it did it became a house hold item. The Tweet-O-Meter throws away the mystique of Twitter and puts it on the back burner to the real success story: the connectivity of the world in under 140 characters.