I finally got a chance to play a little of Uncharted 2 last night, and noticed in the game’s options menu there was an option for setting up your Twitter account, which it would then use to “update Twitter with your progress as you play the game.” I think I actually saw a shark being jumped in the background.
But I started thinking about it, and, frankly, it’s actually a genius idea. People are already using Twitter constantly, and they’re starting to connect it to everything (Facebook, Tumblr, et cetera)—why not drop it into quite literally everything. Since Twitter is easy to interface with API-wise, it’s trivial to put it into games, consoles, phones, TVs. Soon your toaster oven will be posting: “@garrettmurray’s toast is mad burned lol!”
Actually, maybe this is a terrible idea after all.
Yes, this is a terrible idea. We always talk about the fear of Big Brother watching us all the time, then we go and build the technology for us to broadcast what we’re doing at all times. This saves Big Brother the trouble how to do it, they just sit back and enjoy the show.
Soon everything will be on twitter, your coffee cup, your dog, your insurance policy…