"Twitter could be the next biggest connective development for humans, bigger than TV."
That is what someone who has been working with the development of Twitter told the audience at a legal technology conference I was at in NYC a few months ago.
Here is the rationale. Think of Twitter as an army of millions of mobile reporters. People tweet all over the world. People tweet in war zones, at major events, but more importantly they tweet where an event happens and there are no news reporters available, yet. They are the first person on the scene accounts.
The key to this whole development is the open API which allows for applications to be created by anyone so that Tweets can be gathered, processed and understood in mass.