Conducted a short literature review and I gave a presentation on it; may as well send it into the aether.
The review is titled “Networked Social Communication”, as that seemed like the best semi-formal description of what I’m looking into. The papers were really interesting, but there wasn’t really a lot of stuff focused on “what could be done to make social chat better”, which is what I would like to do. The result ended up being pretty much what I expected, which is that Twitter is great, but could stand to be better for collaboration. While it manages to support conversations, the best support for them is found in third party layers built over top of it.
So it leaves me with the question of, “How can we do to Twitter what IM did to email?”