“This status thing could help connect people to those who weren’t there. It wasn’t just about sharing what kind of music you were listening to or where you were at the moment; it was about connecting people and making them feel less alone. It could be a technology that would erase a feeling that an entire generation felt while staring into their computer screens. An emotion that Noah and Jack and Biz and Ev had grown up feeling, finding solace in a monitor. An emotion that Noah felt night after night as his marriage and company fell apart.
“The perfect equilibrium of two different ways of looking at the world: the need to talk about yourself, compared with the need to let people talk about what was happening around them. One could never had existed without the other. That balance, or battle, had created Twitter. A tool that could be used by corporate titans and teens, by celebrities and nobodies, by government officials and revolutionaries. A place where people with fundamentally different views of the world, like Jack and Ev, could converse.”
“In the centre of every big city in the world, surrounded by noise and teeming millions of people, are lonely people,” Commander Hadfield wrote. “Loneliness is not so much where you are, but instead your state of mind.” Then he explained that a few people who live on the space station can contact their families through a number of technologies designed to connect people, including radio, telephone, and social media.”