Bryan Vartabedian – @Doctor_V – makes a point that Twitter, like all things, changes and won’t be the same as it was when us early adopters played in the sandbox. I see his point and agree…from a certain angle.
Twitter by definition is Twitter. If it isn’t Twitter – if it changes – it isn’t Twitter. Twitter’s eternal, cosmic and strange – an expanding universe with deep physics and principles inherent in its origins.
As time rolls on, Twitter-as-universe reels forth its productions, asymmetrically scattering tiny bits outward across a vast emptiness until they crash against each other, forming clouds of gas, energy systems, gravities.
It’s the gravities which give Twitter its most unique properties. Little solar systems form…planets…moons…satellites.
Some solar systems form and amass huge followings of orbiting planets, while other objects are wanderers wafting through darkness.
Twitter doesn’t change. The gravities do.
When you enter Twitter’s cosmology, you start in one gravity – maybe it’s a small system where the planets are of similar composition. Maybe you enter a huge varied binary system.
Wherever you enter, once you’re in, you’re part of a cosmology – some of which you’ll understand, most of which you never will.
We shall never fully understand Twitter. For just as you look out into the dark night-sky, it all looks so simple, so trivial and empty. You don’t see the endless enfolding principles that make it all happen – how the universe achieves its wonder of simultaneous randomness and causation, how it grows neutrons and waves and stars and microbes and sparrows and brains that make Twitter.
Eventually, other gravities and properties of the cosmology carry you onward and outward. Or you choose to venture into other parts of space.
When Bryan entered Twitter, he found his peculiar gravity – he entered a specific time and space after the big tweet. What’s happened for his last three years on Twitter isn’t that Twitter has changed: it’s that the cosmology of Twitter has been doing what it does: atomizes and unifies and atomizes and unifies and atomizes – endlessly.
Along your journey through the sparkly cosmos of Twitter, you’ll encounter moons, planets, stars, galaxies, black holes (that’s where most tweeters go btw). Twitter’s like an accretion disk, sucking in everything from the web and blasting it all back out to other parts of the cosmos.
And if you’re lucky, you’ll see a supernova. What’s that? A supernova is what happens when you dip into your Twitter stream and, for but a moment, you witness the brilliances – the sparkling flashes – of your fellow human beings, happy tweeters holding hands amid the lone and vast night of the web.
@PhilBaumann – @HealthIsSocial – Newsletter
Note: I was not high when I wrote this post. Maybe I shoulda been, then I feel more normal. Then again, normal is death.