Imagine a world where everyone is on Twitter (or whatever similar service is around in a few years, federated or otherwise). In theory everyone would be connected to everyone else, directly or indirectly. What kind of world would that look like?
Here’s what I’m getting at.
There are two extremes with Twitter:
- Nobody follows anybody on Twitter (zero connectivity)
- Everybody in the world follows everybody else (hyper-connectivity)
What would the world look like when everybody’s connected via Twitter? And if you factor in Twitter’s future evolution (geolocation services, etc.), what kind of influences would that have on culture, business, education, healthcare, technological evolution, warfare, governance, global and local politics?
But there’s an area between those two extremes. One where a substantial portion of the globe is variably connected with the rest. Everyday, more and more people in the world are stepping in that direction – with the theoretical limit asymptotically approaching pure hyper-connectivity.
It may be easy to roughly imagine what the world would look like at both extremes.
But it’s the middle area that’s perhaps most interesting. And somewhat mysterious.
What happens as we connect more and more will absolutely have something to do with our individual and collective health, for good or ill.
We’ve only just embarked on a journey whose story has yet to be told.
So here’s the simple question about Twitter’s World Role:
What will our world look like when half of the world’s population follows itself on Twitter while the other half follows nobody?