Can you really say something of value in 140 characters? Evan Williams believes you can. And not only can you make a poignant or articulate statement, you can affect change in a way that was not possible before.
"I believe passionately about giving a voice to as many people as possible and creating systems where that voice can resonate with the widest audience as possible."
There are detractors and critics who claim this technology will just end up making us stupider, but if you look at recent revolutions and acts of common good, you might see a glimmer of what a collective consciousness is capable. As Williams believes, when over 100 million people (the number of people on Twitter) contribute a tiny bit, a greater community is created that can affect positive change.
"When you build a system like this you hope it will be used more constructively than destructively. We wanted to empower people to do more than they could before and to do this you have to believe that people are more good than bad," said Williams.
One example of Twitter facilitating social good was from 2007 when a man in Toronto saw homeless people on the street in winter. He tweeted about it, others saw his tweet, felt the same way, and then tweeting turned to action. The next day a group of people organized blankets and food and brought comfort to the homeless people in that area.
"People are seeing that other people think the same way they do and that emboldens them to act," said Williams.
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