Someone famous once said (was it Einstein) that we must seek not the simplicity that lies on the nearside of complexity, but on the far side. This isn’t a comment on our political malaise (though it could be) but on the best example the digital world has yet produced of the astonishing power that lies on that desideratum of a far side. And it’s called . . . Twitter.
I have written about this before, and I shall again. Here is the before:
The hashtag, whose potential and practical application is laid out in this brilliant post, just exemplifies the principle: utter simplicity (say, 1000 times as simple as Facebook) that enables us to engage the exponential explosion in data of all kinds and knowledge in particular. Twitter offers a Reciprocal Knowledge Engine.
And as @rorysutherland recently was quoted as saying, this could mean it is worth a lot more the Facebook. http://viggoandersen.visibli.com/share/3C4fe4