Twitter was built at the tail end of that era. Their goal was giving everyone a voice. They were so obsessed with giving everyone a voice that they never stopped to wonder what would happen when everyone got one. And they never asked themselves what everyone meant. That’s Twitter’s original sin. Like Oppenheimer, Twitter was so obsessed with splitting the atom they never stopped to think what we’d do with it.
Facebook has way more users! Yes, but all Facebook users aren’t seeing the same headline pushed to them, while every Twitter user who does a mobile search in a given time & place sees the same Twitter-created Moments headlines. Facebook did curate hashtags at one point, but doesn’t generate realtime first party content like Moments.
Wheeler pondered, therefore, the concept of a “self-excited” circuit, in which astronomical measurements of the past force the digital information in the early universe to assume particular values. He called his model “the participatory universe.”