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Packer & Bilton, on Twitter

It’s been fun fol­low­ing the debate between the Times Bits blog­ger Nick Bil­ton, and New Yorker staff writer George Packer, on whether Twit­ter is a god­send, or a har­bin­ger of doom.

Packer opened with a dec­la­ra­tion that he’s old school:

I don’t have a Black­Berry, or an iPhone, or a Google phone, and I don’t intend to get an iPad. I’ve been care­ful not to men­tion this to sources in Wash­ing­ton, where con­ver­sa­tion con­sists of two peo­ple occa­sion­ally glanc­ing up from their Black­Ber­ries and say­ing, ‘I’m listening.’

After point­ing out recent news sto­ries that Twit­ter had a hand in breaking—Iran, Haiti, Obama’s Elec­tion—Bil­ton fires back:

…when trains were a new tech­nol­ogy 150 years ago, some jour­nal­ists and intel­lec­tu­als wor­ried about the destruc­tion that the rail­roads would bring to society…

I won­der if, 150 years ago, Mr. Packer would be rid­ing the train at all, or if he would have stayed home, afraid to engage in an evolv­ing soci­ety and demand­ing that the trains be stopped.

Ouch. One gets the sense that there is some kind of gen­er­a­tional clash going on here. Packer tries again:

If a Lud­dite is some­one who fears and hates all tech­no­log­i­cal change, a Bil­tonite is some­one who cel­e­brates all tech­no­log­i­cal change: because we can, we must.

George is ask­ing the right ques­tions, but it’s hard to dis­agree with Bilton’s point—by refus­ing to par­tic­i­pate in social media, he’s miss­ing part of the story… you can’t bury your head in the sand and expect to keep up.

A New Whitehouse.gov, and New Typefaces

As of noon today, we have a new pres­i­dent, as well as a new WhiteHouse.gov. The much-admired, Gotham–based typo­graph­i­cal iden­tity is gone, but as Jason Santa Maria points out, the design­ers went instead with two other type­faces from the same foundry: Whit­ney and Hoe­fler Text.

Another major redesign this week also involved the use of Whit­ney: kottke.org – though you’ll need to have the font installed on your machine in order to see it.

Which begs the ques­tion, Is Whit­ney the new Gotham? (Seems like just yes­ter­day we were ask­ing, Is Gotham the New Inter­state?)

Hoefler+Frere-Jones is on a roll.

Election 2008, Powered by Twitter

Twit­ter found another inter­est­ing thing to do since acquir­ing Sum­mize this past sum­mer: they launched an Elec­tion 2008 feed, which dis­plays Twit­ter users thoughts on the elec­tion in real time. The scroll goes dizzy­ingly fast, but the pause on mouse-over is a nice touch.

It will be inter­est­ing to keep an eye on it dur­ing the first pres­i­den­tial debate tonight, as I’m sure there will be lots of insight­ful, thought­ful com­ments. ::wink, wink:: Though I wish that the list was curated down to a select bunch of jour­nal­ists or com­men­ta­tors.

nytimes.com Outage

Graham

Reac­tion from Twit­ter user Gra­ham Mudd, on the nytimes.com out­age this afternoon.

Nytimes.com has been down for about an hour, and thank­fully it wasn’t my turn to watch it. I haven’t heard of any expla­na­tion yet, but it could be any­thing from prob­lems with DNS or our CDN. Who knows? I’m just a designer here.

It seems like just yes­ter­day, when every­one was com­plain­ing about recent down­time trou­bles at Twit­ter and Ama­zon, includ­ing us.

Adrienne

Despite Adri­enne Shaffer’s tweet, we’re house­bro­ken, I swear!

Hope­fully this is just a tem­po­rary blip. But, I had a good time read­ing people’s tweets.

6:27 pm UPDATE: The site is mostly up, but some func­tion­al­ity is not work­ing, such as Search.

Thsrs — The Shorter Thesaurus

Thsrs seems like a good idea: when you’re hav­ing trou­ble express­ing your­self on Twit­ter in less that 140 char­ac­ters, query the only the­saurus that only gives you syn­onyms shorter than the word you’re look­ing up.

omfg, lolz.

Client 9

This just in from Mr. Scott: a $5,500 hooker, when adjusted for Spitzer’s reported income in 2000, is only worth $61.66 to him.

twitter— lisa m

Twitter

Do you <3 Presley?

Twit­ter built a cute lit­tle thing for Valentine’s Day – type @nedward <3, and you can send a lit­tle valen­tine tweet to a Twit­ter friend. I don’t see any offi­cial blog post about it, but Twit­ter co-founder Biz Stone tweeted about it.

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!