Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that you wouldn’t usually have access to, because time and space conspire to make it impossible. Flickr lets me see what friends are eating for lunch, how they’ve redecorated their bedroom, their latest haircut. Twitter tells me when they’re hungry, what technology is currently frustrating them, who they’re having drinks with tonight.
I find that an interesting way to look at it because I think that puts in to words what I’ve been thinking about Twitter lately. For example, there are a great many things about day-to-day life that you may or may not find interesting. Many of them are things I wouldn’t bother to put together a full blog entry about, but I can drop a note on Twitter and if you’re checking out the updates, you learn more about me as a person, as opposed to just the tech stuff, or just the photos, or whatever else. For example, you’d know that I’ve really gotten hooked on the TV show, The Black Donnelly’s over the past few weeks, or what I thought about Blades of Glory when we saw it last week.
Again, maybe you don’t care what I think about those things, you just read the site for the tech stuff. I’m cool with that, I hope you enjoy it. On the other hand, if you really want to get to know someone, and share a bit more of yourself and what you’re into, Twitter can be a powerful tool for that.