Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Twitter - reason to celebrate?

I was interviewed the other day about my work as a reporter and was asked how technology had changed since I started. I explained that in 1984, we did not have Twitter, Google, computers or mobile phones. If we were lucky we sat at a desk with a typewriter that worked. The phones arrived a couple of years later - the size of car batteries.

On the 5th anniversary of Twitter it all feels like a lifetime away. But are we better off now?

Not according to a fascinating CNBC documentary, Crackberry’d: The Truth About Information Overload:

"The more we're connected to technology and information overload the more you start to live virtually. But there's a risk with that in that you might be virtually living" - Kevin Michaluk, Crackberry.com

I'm as guilty - if that's the right word - as anyone. But while I think he's right, to a point, we are much better off now.

Just switch it off and go for a run.