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How is Twitter Like The Diamond Head Game?

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The Diamond Head Game was a unique American game show that aired for 130 episodes before it was sadly cancelled in July 1975.

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One of the highlights of the show was the “Money Volcano” in which contestants stood in an acrylic looking cage (more attractive than the one in this picture) while money spun around them at great velocities. The aim was to capture as many bills as possible in thirty seconds. Among the dollar amounts in the “Money Volcano” was one bill worth $10,000. I don’t remember anyone catching the elusive $10,000 bill but I always wanted to try out the “Money Volcano” for myself. I experienced something like the “Money Volcano” yesterday when I joined the Twitter session #lrnchat. As soon as I signed on to #lrnchat, hundreds of ideas, opinions, questions and links about learning and technology began to scroll down my feed page. At first it felt like I was floating in a moshpit of ideas but then I dove in and started to respond to inquiries that sparked my interest. As soon as I took time to draft an idea then thirty more tweets would scroll down the page. “Ahh…I can’t keep up!” I screamed. Is this what a distributed model for knowledge exchange feels like?

After a few minutes I started to breath again and I didn’t attempt to keep up with all the random insights. I selected what looked interesting and hastily responded. I desperately felt the need for a better interface to review ideas and make more relevant connections with the numerous “conversations”. I felt like I was just grasping at ideas hurtling by me. Maybe there is a virtual sticky noteboard that illustrates a coloured note every time a tweet appearsĀ  so that I can categorize, save, respond to and easily retrieve tweets and responses. Otherwise, the chaos of rapidly streaming ideas obstructs the potential gems of deeper inquiry. Maybe it’s my beginner’s uncertainty with the ambiguous random direction of interactions. I’ll step inside the “lrnchat Volcano” next Thursday at 5:00 PST and find out whether it’s a meaningful exchange of ideas or a just a fascinating distraction for me.

Traversing The Twitter Torrent

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Following certain people on Twitter is like attending a department meeting in which one person who particularly adores the sound of their own voice talks incessantly about every agenda item effectively aggravating their colleagues to passive fits of nausea. You know what I talking about.

After twenty minutes of this relentless pontification you begin to imagine medieval torture devices that are more humane than sitting for one more minuteĀ  through this meeting. That’s how Twitter felt for me this week. I chose to follow two respected innovators in the field of technology and one person sent more than sixty Tweets a day about every incidental topic on the Net. Want to know how to open a wine bottle with a shoe? Happy National Toilet Day? Who cares? I was expecting to receive Tweets specifically about technology innovations not random quirky trivia links that I could likely find myself through Stumble. This led me to suspect that one of these prominent Tweeters has Tweet Serfs who’s mission is to send out a Tweet every few minutes or else risk being banished from The Slick Technology Superstar Kingdom. Today I will stop following all those people who I suspect have Tweet Serfs and limit my Tweet Deck to those who recognize quality over quantity. My advice is to boldly filter your tweets or drown in the drone of superfluous intelligence.