Sunday, May 31, 2009

Homeless on Twitter

Last year I mentioned how Google was offering free voice mail service to the homeless. The idea is to give people (think welfare officials, doctors, family) a way to leave messages for those who can be difficult to find and get in touch with.

Well that is sooooo 2008. I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how the homeless are getting on the internet. They are surfing the web, doing email, and even using social networking sites. It profiles Charles Pitts who says he has been on the street for two years and has accounts on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter (see @poetcharles).

In the United States we have been blessed with the freedom of speech since its founding. Only now however do we have the tools that enable all of us (regardless of economic class) to exercise that freedom on such a massive scale.

The fact that individuals from @poetcharles to @mpv to @APlusK can now communicate and publish their thoughts and experiences on identical platforms is mind blowing.

One day our kids will study these technologies as we did the printing press.

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