Kris Straub and Twitter as an immune system


Yesterday I was an unhelpful wise guy on twitter in response to Kris Straub:

But this exchange lead to an entertaining framework for understanding Twitter interactions: Twitter as an immune system.

  • Step One: someone tweets out an honest question
  • Step Two: the twitter immune system reacts by clogging the question with jokes. This does not answer the question, but it keeps the question alive longer and brings it to wider attention
  • Step Three: while the smartasses are keeping the question alive, actually helpful people are researching and composing their responses
  • Step Four: question answered
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