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Ambient Intimacy

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I find myself talking about Twitter quite a lot. I’m not the only one. The behaviours that Twitter has made more visible are tremendously interesting.

I’ve been using a term to describe my experience of Twitter (and also Flickr and reading blog posts and Upcoming). I call it Ambient Intimacy.

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.

Who cares? Who wants this level of detail? Isn’t this all just annoying noise? There are certainly many people who think this, but they tend to be not so noisy themselves. It seems to me that there are lots of people for who being social is very much a ‘real life’ activity and technology is about getting stuff done.

There are a lot of us, though, who find great value in this ongoing noise. It helps us get to know people who would otherwise be just acquaintances. It makes us feel closer to people we care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like.

Knowing these details creates intimacy. (It also saves a lot of time when you finally do get to catchup with these people in real life!) It’s not so much about meaning, it’s just about being in touch. 

As Ian Curry at Frog Design writes: 

It’s basically blogging reduced to what the Russian linguist Mikhail Bakhtin called “the phatic function.” Like saying “what’s up?” as you pass someone in the hall when you have no intention of finding out what is actually up, the phatic function is communication simply to indicate that communication can occur. It made me think of the light, low-content text message circles Mizuko Ito described existing among Japanese teens – it’s not so important what gets said as that it’s nice to stay in contact with people. These light exchanges typify the kind of communication that arises among people who are saturated with other forms of communication.

I came across this research when I was doing my Masters a few years back and it’s continued to fascinate me (and yes, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit whilst considering, and defending, Twitter).

Here’s an observation from some Japanese ethnographic research into the use of camera phones by young people undertaken by Daisuke Okabe (2004):

intimate sharing / presence – sharing intimate photos on the handset when talking face to face with people. Photos that fall into this category would be photos of partners, family, pets, etc. However, this can also be very every day stuff… eg. what I’m having for dinner. It is sharing ongoing mundane visual information with intimates, creating a sense of presence in other peoples lives without needing to talk or be physically present.

I think that the simplicity of Twitter is key to it’s success. The messages must be short and they’re simple text.  I’m starting to think that the level of stimulation is key to the success of these ‘osmotic’ communications (as the guys from LastFM referred to the IRC channel they use internally).

We’ve been trialling some options for a similar kind of osmotic backchannel to use at Flow. One of the first things we roadtested was Skype Public Chat. Amongst some other problems (including that there is no Mac version of the current release which supports the Public Chat function), it seemed that the flashing and noises and animated emoticons were too stimulating… the conversation wanted to leap to the front of the screen continually demanded attention.

IRC on the other hand (ah, what a flash back to open up mIRC again after all these years!) reminds me a lot more of Twitter. There’s none of the flashing and animating and carrying on. The humour is in the text (it took about 30 seconds for the first trout related comment to emerge… old habits…). To me, IRC seems to be a much more effective tool for a back channel, for supporting this osmotic communication within a company. (Assuming we can reduce the barrier to ‘log on’… it’s not a friendly experience for not-geeks).

What does seems clear is that, for a lot of people, this ambient intimacy adds value to people’s lives and their relationships with others. I think we can expect to see a lot more of it… but if I was building a tool to support it, I’d be keeping it very simple and unobtrusive. Osmosis is one thing, hyper-stimulation is quite another!

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Image credit: Slide used by LastFM in their presentation at FOWA

Reference: Okabe, Daisuke 2004, Emergent Social Practices, Situations and Relations through everyday camera phone use, presented at Mobile Communication and Social Change, the 2004 International Conference on Mobile Communication in Seoul, Korea, October 18-19 2004

34 Comments

  1. It’s not intimacy though. Intimacy can never be broadcast by its nature. Intimacy is about more than the knowing of details. It requires two way, privileged communication.

    It may be that things like twitter encourage intimacy because it’s easier to enter into intimate exchanges with those you keep up with, but we shouldn’t mistake the two.

  2. hey kyb,

    I can kind of see where you’re coming from here but I see things a little differently. For me, Twitter – for example – is not really ‘broadcast’ – even though my Tweets are public, I don’t think of them as going out to a vast and faceless audience, rather I think of the collection of individuals with whom I regularly share communications using this medium and am communicating to them, usually as a group, occasionally as individuals.

    Secondly, I think of ambient intimacy as just one type of intimacy. It’s certainly not a substitute for all the other types of more direct and in-person intimacy (at least, it is not for me and I would hope not for anyone else). I do know that certainly my experience and the experience of many others that I’ve spoken to is that tools like Twitter and Flickr and Facebook and many others *do* create a experience of intimacy where, without these tools, there would almost certainly be none.

    It doesn’t seem to be a universal experience, but certainly significant enough to be acknowledged.

  3. leisa:

    Thanks for the reply. As I understand intimacy, it’s very nature requires priviledged communication. If you talk about ‘intimate surroundings’ you’re talking about surroundings that encourage priviledged communication. If you say ‘getting intimate’, you mean that the people you’re talking about are priviledging each other in their communication. An ‘intimate group’ is a small group of people with a special bond. It’s this specialness that is important in the concept of intimacy.

    Another important part of intimacy is not just that priviledged information is received, but that the reaction to its reception is part of the experience of intimacy. You can’t have an intimate conversation with someone who is watching the tv at the same time. A single email cannot convey intimacy although an email exchange can. Intimacy is two way, and most naturally (although not exclusively) synchronous.

    Any broadcast that can be received by others (no matter who it’s intended audience) is by my definition not intimate. If someone who doesn’t know you at all can take part in the priviledged communication channel, then it’s not priviledged anymore, and therefore the transmission and reception of the information means less. I think that the extent to which it feels intimate is actually an illusion of false intimacy, and in some cases may even be harmful to the relationship.

    I don’t want to suggest that there is therefore no value in things like twitter, im and all the other paraphenalia of social networking. It can obviously have enormous benefit, but it is almost direct opposition to the way I understand intimacy.

  4. “Ambient Intimacy” – it’s a really great post.As you see, many people thinks also.THANKS for all your work and good luck on your future projects.

  5. Yeah It’s a great thing to be connected with your friends. I haven’t used Twitter and don’t know much about it but sure I’ll sign up.
    ______________
    Pratul
    Wide Circles

  6. I found your post very interesting. I twitter and blog, but sometimes wonder whether it is ambient intimacy or false intimacy. A kind of voyeurism that makes us feel close when we really aren’t. The value of Twitter is not that I know what or when you eat, but I got a chance to read about your thoughts on “the value of twitter.” Excellent post.

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  8. Ambient intimacy ? A link on a website has brought me here. When as I read about this new online jargon I realized that its interpretation is subject to how open you are to get people to know you. Drawing a parallel with face-face interactions, “ambience” would be the the subway car, the elevator, the waiting room at the doctor’s, the cofffe shop, the snack bar or any public place you stop at and “intimacy” would be engaging in a conversation about yourself and your views with a stranger in a voice loud enough so others could hear and possibly join in. How often do we do that ? Me, personally ? Never. So I can fairly claim that “ambience intimacy” assumes a new dimension when we are away from others, behind our computers or mobile phones (as I am now). For me, it seems to bring me the comfort I would not otherwise have to walk away from any discussion any time I feel like, which come to think of it appears to contradict the very concept of intimacy (that by the way implies “closeness”, “proximity”). Since such “closeness” can only materialize in face-to-face encounter, the bottom line is that maybe the most precise word for it would have been “ambiance small talk”.

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    […] the parallel threads that i see linking that age to this one talk about many of the same issues – cultural responses, enabled by new technologies, seek to extend the role of creative individuals and communities beyond the restrictions of previous media generations. the democracy – or meritocracy – of creative practice and dissemination of ideas, practices and values, and it’s potential impact for transforming g/local economies and communities can more accurately embody the principles of each participant. our media, as of late, has enabled a more ‘human’ representation in communicating remotely – social networks encouraging slivering identity, mobile platforms mapping new topographies of social presence and ambient intimacy, media bricolage creating an emergent expression economy. […]

  • EDITing in the Dark » Bait and Switch? May 10, 2009

    […] It raised some interesting ideas about how Web2.0 – commenting how the “continuous partial attention” or “ambient intimacy” is really changing the way that we have communicated – from the scope of audience to the ephemerality of the message to the latency between sender and receiver – from the basic face to face and print to “print plus (my term)” and “f2f plus” again with technology helping to shape the various elements of how the message exists. […]

  • NYT and The Global Sympathetic Audience « Luca’s Blog May 10, 2009

    […] Nov 3, 2007 in International, Life I am happy to notice that also the New York Times now talks about Twitter and Tumblr as the “global sympathetic audience“. I completely agree and I wrote about it some weeks ago in my Italian blog. […]

  • What do I need Twitter for, anyway? « The lost outpost May 10, 2009

    […] I’m not wondering that. Apart from the very excellent sense of Ambient Intimacy (see Stephen Collins for an excellent recent example), I’ve got a few thoughts of my own as to how Twitter is useful. In fact, I commented recently on a post by Jasmin Tragas about this: […]

  • Shattering barriers | acidlabs May 10, 2009

    […] We talked kids and spouses, social media, continuous partial attention, ambient intimacy, books and a bunch of other subjects of interest. It was fun, but unlike what usually happens when you meet someone for the first time, the complex and challenging social barrier of introduction was missing – we just didn’t need it as our online connectedness through tools like Facebook and Twitter had already done the hard work for us. […]

  • Twitter Essence « wonderwebby May 10, 2009

    […] The effect has been defined as ambient intimacy, the social sixth sense, amongst others. I’ll take a quick turn at trying to define the essence and why I think it works. […]

  • James Governor’s Monkchips » The rise and rise of the social/digital bridgebuilder May 10, 2009

    […] Never mind objects of sociability, I am talking about people of digitally enhanced sociability, people that know how to work ambient intimacy and have enough domain knowledge to really make it count. […]

  • Intimité Ambiante « Titre du blog May 10, 2009

    […] So for this first post, I’d like to refer to a very interesting post from Leisa Reichelt’s blog (one of my personal favorite.) She’s exposing the “Ambient Intimacy” notion or how the intimate communication is stimulated through original and modern web tools. I’m myself very intrigued at the web social network phenomenon. […]

  • James Governor’s Monkchips » The Analyst Business Should Learn From Disambiguity May 10, 2009

    […] With a headline like Why collaborative research analysis rocks out it was no surprise I found Lisa Reichelt’s recent blog made very interesting reading. Leisa, originator of the wonderfully evocative phrase Ambient Intimacy, and all round sticky note queen (3M should sponsor her) argues thusly: These days when I’m doing any kind of user research, rather than going to my secret consultant place and doing that consultant magic that results in a presentation of research findings, I much prefer to get into a big room with clean walls and several hundred sticky notes and my clients/project team, and to work out the research findings collaboratively. […]

  • Conversations with Dina » Social Media - listening better May 10, 2009

    […] In addition to learning how to tell our story well, I do believe that part of the problem is we are so flooded with so much info today, that we are also having to relearn how to listen – and how we learn. Social technologies that foster microblogging like twitter, bookmarking, aggregating news, and even facebook, help me navigate thru’ this more easily.  Much has been written about Continuous Partial Attention (Linda Stone) and Ambient Intimacy (Lisa Reichelt) that apps like Twitter provide – they give us interesting frameworks for examining our own behaviours. […]

  • Naked Yak » Blog Archive » Open Messaging and Ambient Intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] Check the Open Messaging document, updated now with Leisa Reichelt’s concept of Ambient Intimacy, and how Open Messaging would lead to this more human, less invasive, condition of being ‘always on’. […]

  • graphpaper.com - Ambient Intimacy, Collective Musing, Intellectual Doodling May 10, 2009

    […] Leisa Reichelt coined the term “ambient intimacy” to describe the genre of social computing apps led by Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce. She was interested in the constant sense of closeness users feel with their circle of friends, no matter how far-flung, through technologies that informally reveal us to each other. […]

  • disambiguity - » Ambient Intimacy at the Future of Web Apps May 10, 2009

    […] I was very happy to have the opportunity to hop up and share my thoughts on Ambient Intimacy at the Future of Web Apps conference in London yesterday. The slides are above. […]

  • Naked Yak » Blog Archive » Open Ideas May 10, 2009

    […] While chatting about online intimacy, and the effect that Leisa Reichelt has termed Ambient Intimacy, we got on to the subject of Open Source. Glenn Jones pointed out that “In the Beginning there was View Source, and lo it was good”. […]

  • Facebook is a closed platform, and it should stay that way « Curiouser and Curiouser May 10, 2009

    […] To my surprise and delight, I recently came across a discussion of this very same feeling, where the phenomenon was termed “ambient intimacy”. This beautifully descriptive name illustrates “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…It makes us feel closer to people we care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like.” I think that this is the very thing that makes online social networking so addictive for me, as I’m sure it is for many others as well, whose lives have made them too busy, or taken them too far away to be able to keep up with everyone they wish were a daily part of their lives. […]

  • nofi.org » links for 2007-09-19 May 10, 2009

    […] Ambient Intimacy 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. (tags: twitter online web social mobile pownce) […]

  • Emil Sit » Privacy, the Internet, and me May 10, 2009

    […] Until then, we experiment with managing our online selves, learning to be careful about what we share and how we share it. We have learned etiquette for using mobile phones and made them the new garden fence. The use of blogs to document and share personal experience and practical knowledge with others is becoming more mainstream. Those on the cutting edge use twitter and campfire to provide ambient intimacy and virtual context. […]

  • From documents to community May 10, 2009

    […] Ambient Intimacy “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.” — Leisa Reichelt (www.disambiguity.com/ambient-intimacy) […]

  • Ambient Intimacy « ditigal ramblings May 10, 2009

    […] I prefer to describe this form of communication as Ambient Intimacy, as coined by Leisa Reichelt on her blog back in March. […]

  • Ambient Intimacy at pixelblog May 10, 2009

    […] I prefer to describe this form of communication as Ambient Intimacy, as coined by Leisa Reichelt on her blog back in March. […]

  • The solution to too much information is more information at Like It Matters May 10, 2009

    […] So I think we need more.  More granular control.  More pivot points for discovery and to flag things we want to watch continually.  Simple on/off flow controls. Design that recognizes the ambient nature of these services and doesn’t pretend that we’re going steady. […]

  • disambiguity - » What’s in it for me? Why people participate in social networking websites May 10, 2009

    […] Of course, I’d add into that the Ambient Intimacy effect which I think is more about being connected and less about identification. […]

  • Library clips :: Roundup : UrbanSeeder, Wizag auto-tag and discovery, RadarFarms, XFruits RSS to Blog, Zentation :: July :: 2007 May 10, 2009

    […] UrbanSeeder – ultimate ambient intimacy, meet someone at a party, sad to see them go, give them your urban seeder so you can continue the conversation online. [via R/WW] […]

  • CommunityNet Aotearoa RSS Archive » Blog Archive » PANUI Issue #64, July 2007. May 10, 2009

    […] “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.” — Leisa Reichelt (http://www.disambiguity.com/ambient-intimacy) […]

  • No Man’s Blog » so long facebook May 10, 2009

    […] interestingly enough the bit i enjoyed most and made me reconsider my opinion was the twitter-like feature where people write what they are doing now. I totally get the appeal in it but i experienced this with very mixed feelings. on the one hand i’m sold to the idea of ambient intimacy – there is indeed something charming in the ways it makes us feel closer to people we somehow care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like. but on the other hand there’s a very very thin line between the charm and wit to the excessive, sticky noise and personally I’m not good with being selective and taking these things in small doses. […]

  • No Man’s Blog » Asi joined the group If this group Reaches 150,000 members I will name my son Batman. May 10, 2009

    […] Don’t get me wrong, I’m all up for connectivity, ambient intimacy and phatic communications etc. but I honestly believe that until the moment that social networking applications will be of a more meaningful value, we will all be hoping from one internet darling to the other. […]

  • Balkan Witch » Blog Archive » Twitter as tech support May 10, 2009

    […] There are some things about this new world of ambient intimacy that I really enjoy. Especially as in offline land I am quite loud and wonder how often people wish they could switch off their alerts! […]

  • Reboot Part II-- bub.blicio.us May 10, 2009

    […] Leisa Reichelt of “ambient intimacy” fame […]

  • James Governor’s Monkchips » ABC, as Easy as 1,2,3: RedMonk Rankings in Analyst Top 50 May 10, 2009

    […] Is it surprising that a firm which set out to be the first blogging analyst company should take the top spots in such a poll? Of course not. But it is a nice validation of our strategy -sure it is. We don’t put information behind a firewall, which dramatically improves our ambient findability. We use social software to benefit from ambient intimacy. We want to be easy to deal with. We want to be fun. We want to be smart. We want to learn from a range of communities, not just one narrow constituency. I think the Top 50 award represents all of that. So that’s a good start to the week. […]

  • ViNT // Vision - Inspiration - Navigation - Trends » Ambient intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] Op het Reboot 9 congres in Denemarken heeft Leisa Rechelt (weblog) eind vorige week een presentatie gegeven over Ambient Intimacy: “It 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.” […]

  • And suddenly everything became clear at Like It Matters May 10, 2009

    […] Leisa Reichelt on ambient intimacy. Her presentation from Reboot. […]

  • Ambient Intimacy « Thoughts on the Ideal May 10, 2009

    […] Ambient Intimacy Lisa Reichelt: “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.” read on! […]

  • M1K3¥’s Blog » Blog Archive » links for 2007-06-04 May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy interesting.. (tags: networking presence twitter ambient-intimacy) […]

  • disambiguity - » Reboot 9.0 - Ambient Intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] I spent some time last week at the fabulous Reboot conference and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share some ideas around concept of Ambient Intimacy, which I continue to find fascinating. It was great to have the opportunity to develop and share my thoughts. […]

  • "no sleep til utrecht" « Second Verse May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy “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.” […]

  • Ode to a twitter. « Vendorprisey May 10, 2009

    […] Via James  I found Ted, who links to Leisa Reichelt on Amibent Latency. (two new adds to the feed) 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. […]

  • iStalkr and life aggregation « Green Tea Ice Cream May 10, 2009

    […] Anyway, whether you call it ambient intimacy or lifestream or flow (my own catch phrase – we all need a good catch phrase, right? – being the diaspora of you), a number of Web 2.0 start-ups are working to aggregate and mediate the socialisation of this loosely joined stream of personal information. The latest one I’ve stumbled across is iStalkr. I’m not sure about the slightly menacing concept behind the brand but their intent is to provide a visual representation of your lifestream (a little bit like Journal in Outlook, though I’ve admittedly never got the hang of that) through pulling together all your LastFM, twitter, RSS feeds etc into one coherent stream. Here’s mine, which looks a little empty right now. may I should get a life. Tumblr is another, simpler implementation of a similar concept but is less explicitly social. […]

  • Ambient Intimacy « Phone Scoop Blog May 10, 2009

    […] This post on ambient intimacy – even though the second half of the post has nothing to do with mobile phones – got me thinking about the way i, and many other mobile rangers, are sharing our lives. We are using dead simple applications to share tiny bits of our lives very often. We are doing this because these sharing services are both dead simple to use and also because they’re multi-modal. I can add a post, or check the posts of people i care about, in a variety of ways – including from any mobile phone. Both these factors don’t just effect what i share, since my posts are limited to 140 characters or a picture or a video, they effect how often i share things – which is quite often. And most my friends on these services do the same. […]

  • roblef dot com » Blog Archive » links for 2007-05-29 May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy read it. is all I gotta say (tags: intimacy web_2.0 ellis twitter) […]

  • Silent Lucidity » links for 2007-05-28 May 10, 2009

    […] Ambient Intimacy 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. (tags: relationships community twitter social-software flickr communication) […]

  • mikevu.com » Blog Archive » Ambient Intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] I came across this interesting article focusing on what the author calls “ambient intimacy.”  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. […]

  • About Blogging...and ambient intimacy « Otis Toy Design Department May 10, 2009

    […] Read on. […]

  • Identity crises and the Diaspora of You « Green Tea Ice Cream May 10, 2009

    […] Don’t know yet. Once upon a time, remember, this was the norm and now that real villages of one kind or another seem to be forming again – my parenting blog definitely lives in a little village of people I’ve never met but who’s everyday rhythm of life is increasingly familiar to me – being immersed in the flow of other people’s lives (I relate this to the concept of ambient intimacy outlined by Leisa Reichelt) is gradually becoming our default state of existence once again. […]

  • Clunky Flow » Q: What the hell is the point of Twitter? A: Uh, its like sorta Ambient Intimacy? May 10, 2009

    […] Excerpted from a this post by Leisa Reichelt I find myself talking about Twitter quite a lot. I’m not the only one. The behaviours that Twitter has made more visible are tremendously interesting. […]

  • The Exodus from Twitter to Jaiku : UberNoggin: Big Brains - Big Ideas May 10, 2009

    […] ** And yet another: Lisa Reichelt’s theory of Ambient Intimacy for Twitter digg_url=’http://ubernoggin.com/?p=13′; digg_skin = ‘button’; digg_bgcolor = ‘#FFFFFF’; digg_title = ‘The Exodus from Twitter to Jaiku’; digg_bodytext = ”; digg_topic = ”; Powered by Gregarious (42) Share This […]

  • Converge » Using Twitter May 10, 2009

    […] An aside: Leisa Reichelt calls the phenomena Ambient Intimacy – “being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy you wouldn’t usually have access to, because time and space conspire to make it impossible.” […]

  • disambiguity - » Summertime is for speaking May 10, 2009

    […] Reboot 9.0 – I’m off to Copenhagen at the end of the month to go to Reboot for the first time. I’ve heard rave reviews of this conference and can’t wait to experience it myself. I’m going to be talking about Ambient Intimacy (in the middle of preparing the presentation right now and *really* enjoying it!) […]

  • Pas capté Twitter? at Climb to the Stars (Stephanie Booth) May 10, 2009

    […] Un seul exemple parce que j’ai la flemme de chercher plus loin, mais cet argument est régulièrement avancé par ceux qui visiblement n’ont pas pris le temps (vu ce qui précède, je ne vais pas jeter la pierre) de comprendre comment fonctionnent les relations humaines et l’intimité en particulier. Ce sont “les petites choses de la vie” qui font les gens proches. Et l’intimité ambiante qu’apporte Twitter peut aider à garder vivants ou même renforcer les liens distendus par la distance (c’est moche ou poétique, à vous de choisir). Certains l’ont compris: […]

  • Yoick: Connect, Interact, Create and Share » Blog Archive » Twitter 2.0: tapping the AttentionStream May 10, 2009

    […] Over time we will begin to see these loose wires meld into a seamless AttentionStream. This won’t happen overnight and I expect we will see other ‘wires’ form in the interim. Ruminating on that I extrapolate that we will see Twitter 2.0 some time soon – the question is what will it look like. What other than reducing blogging to the phatic function will resonate and more importantly, will bring us one step closer to a melded AttentionStream. […]

  • Defrag blog » Ambient Intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] Leisa Reichelt has applied an interesting new term to all of the “twitterness” going on in the valley as of late — “ambient intimacy.” Quoting her: […]

  • James Governor’s Monkchips » If Markets Are Conversations Then Twitter Is Money May 10, 2009

    […] With Twitter I can get up to date with my network in less than half an hour – the beauty of the 140 character limit for messages. One of Kathy’s last posts before some thugs scared her off the blogosphere argued that Twitter was Too Good. I am more aligned with Tara Hunt and Lisa Reichelt (Ambient Intimacy). […]

  • Reluctant Blogger » “Ambient intimacy” sounds about right May 10, 2009

    […] From Disambiguity via loose wire. I have a similar post on hallway conversations (not nearly as nicely phrased) that I will port over this week: 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. […]

  • Jane’s » Blog Archive » Copresence cropping up again: Ambient intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] Ha, I think I finally found the answer to the question: Why do people like to take pictures of their breakfast and put them online? One Leisa Reichelt talks about what she calls Ambient Intimacy, which can be considered a form of copresence. In a nutshell, ambient intimacy is about sharing mundane, everyday things with people we know, in a casual, unobtrusive way, which can create for the consumer a sense of presence and of “being involved”: Through transmission of information about the producer’s environment (images, sound, textual descriptions), a shared “mental” space is established which both the producer and the consumer can relate to. […]

  • The definition of intimacy exceeds 140 characters.* » melle.ca May 10, 2009

    […] Then today I happened to read this post: Ambient Intimacy, and I really enjoyed it, it really got my brain juiced up… I disagreed with almost every bit of it. The author is one of the “others” — someone who uses it and values it. […]

  • Ambient Intimacy « Lost In Oregon May 10, 2009

    […] April 3, 2007 at 1:25 pm · Filed under Uncategorized Excellent article about how media and communication sharing services like Flickr, and Twitter are breaking down the barriers of formal communication. Read on to understand and link through to the full article: disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy 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. […]

  • links for 2007-03-29 May 10, 2009

    […] Ambient Intimacy (tags: twitter social web2.0 psychology relationships) […]

  • vallery.net » Blog Archive » What is Web 3.0? A review of the ICWSM May 10, 2009

    […] Evan also presented a quote from Lisa Reichelt about ambient intimacy that describes Twitter. 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. […]

  • Ambient intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] Twitter’s Evan Williams is giving and invited talk at ICWSM and just sowed a good quote from Leisa Reichelt. 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. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  • Ted Leung on the Air » Blog Archive » More thoughts on Ambient Intimacy and Twitter May 10, 2009

    […] After several months of Twitter usage, Leisa Reichelt’s characterization of Twitter as Ambient Intimacy still resonates with me. I have some more thoughts on ambient intimacy in the context of Twitter, and I’m going to take them in the reverse order of the catchphrase. […]

  • Design de Interação » Blog Archive » WWAD? May 10, 2009

    […] E não é que, lendo as mensagens sobre o twitter, em uma das listas de discussão que participo, me deparo com um link para um post com um texto sobre o tal Twitter. Depois de ler o post, vou para a página inicial do blog e vejo o que mais parece um presente: um post que nos lembra o que a Apple faz: paper prototyping e user research. […]

  • The primates of Twitter « Factory Joe May 10, 2009

    […] The primates of Twitter Henry Halff, Larry’s dad, makes a very interesting comment: It’s been proposed (sorry that I can’t dig up the reference) that we humans in our earlier days formed bonds amongst ourselves through mutual grooming and that these grooming circles were limited in size to about 50. […]

  • Climb to the Stars (Stephanie Booth) May 10, 2009

    Twitter, c’est quoi? Explications……

    Cet après-midi, je ramasse 20minutes dans le bus, et je vois qu’on y parle de Twitter. Bon sang, il est grand temps que j’écrive le fichu billet en français que je mijote depuis des semaines au sujet de ce service que j’adore (apr….

  • Meriblog: Meri Williams’ Weblog » links for 2007-03-14 May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy “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.” (tags: twitter adoption behaviour ambientintimacy greatterm conversation community social socialsoftware) […]

  • disambiguity - » If it wasn’t for Twitter I wouldn’t be here… May 10, 2009

    […] People ask me what I think of Twitter and whether it’s really important or useful. I’ve already said a bit about it, but here’s a funny story. […]

  • innonate » Blog Archive » links for 2007-03-08 May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy 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 lun (tags: twitter social community relationships ambient flickr sociology web2.0) […]

  • sandoz » Blog Archive » Ambient Intimacy May 10, 2009

    […] Leisa has branded this wave of [micro-communication+social openness] as ambient intimacy in this great post. […]

  • Ted Leung on the Air » Blog Archive » Ambient Intimacy - I love it. May 10, 2009

    […] Leisa Reichelt has coined the term Ambient Intimacy to describe the value of Twittter. For some reason, this turn of phrase really resonates with me. [So, yet another RedMonk recommended blogger enters the 30 day evaluation folder in NetNewsWire…] […]

  • Web Worker Daily » Blog Archive Workstreaming: The New Face Time « May 10, 2009

    […] There are a wide variety of tools that might be used for workstreaming, and which ones suit you and your team depend both on what kind of work you do and what tools your coworkers are using. It’s not effective to use an IRC channel if you’re the only one on the team who knows what IRC stands for, but it can be great for a techie crowd. Twitter creates a virtual shared office space that can reproduce the chatter and intimacy of a physical office while allowing team members to share what they’re working on and what they’ve completed. RSS feeds from blogs, message boards, photo sites, and project management apps could all provide useful workstreams—especially if these are aggregated for a whole team. Source code control systems like Subversion can output RSS feeds too so you can make team members aware of new features and bug fixes as they’re checked in. […]

  • People Over Process » Blog Archive » links for 2007-03-03 May 10, 2009

    […] Ambient Intimacy “It helps us get to know people who would otherwise be just acquaintances. It makes us feel closer to people we care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like.” Yuh! (tags: twitter socialsoftware ambientintimacy people via:JamesGovernor) […]

  • James Governor’s Monkchips » links for 2007-03-02 May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy Anne says this is the best post yet on twitter. i still say its telepathy but citing Bakhtin is always a winning strategy. quite the critical theory day with Bakhtin and flaneurs turning up. I think we’ll see more mashups of critical theory and network ar (tags: criticaltheory Twitter telepathy adoption) […]

  • tech decentral » links for 2007-03-02 May 10, 2009

    […] disambiguity – » Ambient Intimacy This is the best post I’ve read yet on Twitter. Leisa: right on. (tags: twitter relationships networking social) […]

  • James Governor’s Monkchips » A Twitter use case: RSVP (Really Simple Voting Poll) May 10, 2009

    […] But I think the app can have some real utility, above and beyond ambient intimacy. So I am looking for 1000 followers to the RedMonkRSVP twitter id. The idea is that we will be able to run instant polls according to our, and your, research ideas. Sort of a lightweight yougov poll. Twitter was never intended for this but I would like to try it and I need your help. Please get people to sign up and lets start twittering the wisdom of the crowds. I don’t have an infrastructure in place to aggregate and query results, but when did that ever stop anyone from achieving cool things? I am hoping that the folks from Adobe will grab the jump ball and build a Flex app to record results from inbound replies (Ted, Duane?) […]