Sometimes you seize the moment, and sometimes the moment seizes you. That's what's happening with Twitter right now. I spent most of the morning at Jeff Pulver's 140 Characters Conference in New York, and the message coming through was a kind of unabashed wonder at what Twitter is engendering.
The timing, of course, is remarkable. Twitter had already emerged as a critical communications tool in emergencies large and small, from the earthquake in Sichuan to the ditching of an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River, but never in an event with the global stakes of the current political upheaval in Iran. Maybe that's why the mood at the two-day conference, which has attracted a couple of hundred people to a small theater in midtown Manhattan, is so far from the snarky tech chauvinism that's common at such events. As Pulver put it, "I don't take any of this lightly. I've learned to appreciate moments in time."