Twitter’s move to change its question above the tweet box from “What are you doing?” to “What’s happening?” may seem trivial but it reflects how quickly we’ve moved in social media over the past year.
It wasn’t too long ago when status updates were merely about “doing” — stuff that drew a whole bunch of mundane broadcasts of what someone was having for lunch to “I’m having coffee.”
As co-founder Biz Stone explained in a blog post, Twitter is now much more than that:
Between those cups of coffee, people are witnessing accidents, organizing events, sharing links, breaking news, reporting stuff their dad says, and so much more.
The fundamentally open model of Twitter created a new kind of information network and it has long outgrown the concept of personal status updates.
Twitter as well as Facebook have since evolved. And it’s more about what’s happening; it’s what’s happening now.