Twitter has moved from asking ‘what are you doing now?’ to ‘what’s happening?’, and now describes itself as an ‘information network‘.
While many contribute nothing of value to Twitter, many extraordinarily talented and interesting contributors are doing what they can to add value to others. It is a choice we make, by how we engage in our social networks.
If we consider what we can best contrbute to global consciousness, it is very likely the most interesting things we come across. The most intriguing, through-provoking, stimulating ideas, whether they be in the form of an article, a video, a conversation, or anything else from the vastness of media and ideas we encounter each day.
If everyone just shared the single most interesting thing they came across each day, we would all be so much better off. This tiny effort would add value to everyone. We could all ask ourselves: What is the most interesting thing I saw today?, and share it, since it would very likely be of interest to many others.
Perhaps we could even make it compulsory. Every citizen every day contributes one piece of media: either a link of some kind of a brief written note, tweet-length or as long as desired. That is (part of) what we contribute to humanity.
Of course many would choose to contribute more than once a day, because they find more than one thing that they think others would like to see. However the danger is that the quality level comes down, as there isn’t any particular threshold which makes sharing worthwhile. Those who shared just once a day may be followed more than those who shared daily.
Hopefully this way of thinking about Twitter and social media will encourage people who have been holding back. It isn’t too much to ask to share one thing per day, and many will benefit. Your contribution to the global brain.