Last night (GMT/CET time) saw one of the most important technology announcements of the year. OK – so many of you don’t care about Google, Facebook, MySpace. That’s not the point. What matters is how the information flowing out of the incredibly chaotic press conference was handled.
Robert then did something startling: he offered to relay questions from his 7,000-member Twitter network to Google executives:
What do you want to know? Iâ€™ll ask.
Scobleizer (Scobleizer) via Snitter at 15:50
He repeated the offer a few more times:
Anymore questions? This really is incredible to have Google execs, the press, and developers (both internal and external) here to ask.
Scobleizer (Scobleizer) via Snitter at 16:34
Upon Robertâ€™s invitation, the press conference instantly became interactive. Suddenly, questions and answers flowed between the on-site executives and the Twitter audience, with Robert serving as intermediary.
While all this took place, a rapid-fire stream of analysis, facilitated by Robertâ€™s information, arose among people in various locations and companies around the world.
It was an interesting experiment in using a bunch of technologies in real time. Juggling feed readers (NetNewsWire beat Google Reader for speed hands down), Twitter, Skype and email all in real time was an exercise in agility that caused a few of my Twitter colleagues a mild amount of angst. Andy? Iâ€™m sorry for being such a chatterbox. For anyone interested, I recorded a quick and dirty Kyte.tv take on Scobleâ€™s channel. It was the least I could do after peppering him for several hours.
What’s going on here? Well, I think that Mike is right when he concludes that what we did last evening represents the first steps in changing the way important events are disseminated. Do you remember the London bombings where people were sending in photos from cell phones? Technology has come some distance since then.
Can you imagine watching the Budget unfold while tuned into the real-time analysis but able to put questions via something like Twitter? Can you imagine using all the tools I’ve mentioned to develop collaborative real-time analysis?
Here’s yet another set of ideas, this time from Euan.