Love them or hate them microblogs like Twitter and Jaiku have made a substantial impact on the way people interact with the web. They've invaded our desktops, our phones and our favorites. Whether you see them as glorified message boards, microblogs tell their story 140 characters at a time. The popularity and immediacy of microblogs provide a surprisingly accurate view of the stream of conscious for the web world. Within moments, not minutes, the plane crash into the Hudson River in New York was posted to the public. During the inauguration ceremony, nearly 1500 posts per hour were occuring on popular channels in Twitter. 600,000 status updates in CNN's live feed during the inauguration, and nearly 4,000 status updates per minute on Facebook.
You know you're here to stay when you get your own search engine.. A site called Twingly ,known for its ability to search across blogs, has released a new service which allows users to search across these microblog services. Currently the site is able to catalog posts within 5 minutes after they've been microblogged. Although they will be launching upgrades soon that will be bringing that number down to a more impressive number. The ability to leverage these murmors of the web and mine the data for knowledge seems to be the next fronteer. We don't seem to be saying much on our own, but together we say quite a bit.