SXSWi: Twitter an information network rather than a social network

The SXSWi (South by Southwest interactive) festival has taken place and it seems that social networking isn’t merely about joining people together anymore, it’s also about information. However miss one Twitter and you could miss a great party or an important piece of news.

Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-founder spoke in an SXSW keynote interview and he’s really pushing the point that people should view it as an information network now. It’s really a combination of the two though, connecting people and also broadcasting info that can be accessed by small groups of people or millions. After the keynote speech Williams went on to answer questions in a real-time Twitter -view.

It was only 4 years ago that Twitter was almost unheard of and yet now it’s one of the main leaders of the upsurge in social networking that drew crowds to Austin for SXSWi 2010. FourSquare, the location service made big news at last year’s event while this year saw Gowallah featuring heavily. Who knows what it may be next year?

The only disadvantage to social networking seems to the amount of different frequencies so to speak, so that if you’re a follower of FourSquare you’ll miss a connection from Gowalla and so on. Therefore instead of making people feel more included, the end result may backfire so that people end up feeling more excluded. For more on this story go to the guardian.co.uk. What do you think about social networking? Do you use it chiefly to connect with friends, or is it increasingly used to receive and send information? Why not let us know your thoughts.