Friday, April 06, 2007
Twitter: compu-telepathy for New Super Bloggers
Twitter seemed supremely frivolous and worthless to me, at first. I am not a Lightning Adaptor of new technology. Generally, I have to be clobbered with hype, anti-hype, and intrusions into the blogging habits of my peers and allies.
I hate Twitter. No. I love Twitter, Technoratily. Erase that. I...I don't know. It has a strange seduction to it, this instant ability to post, to a select list of other Twitterers, a stray comment on your life at a given moment.
But which moment?
Which event or activity or thought or feeling should I mention?
The focus of Twitter is the first thing that got me. You have severely limited number of characters that can be posted in a single message. Some say that number is around 180. Pithy. You must be quick and to the point, using an economy of wordage.
Twitter: it's aspects of blog, email, chat, tagboard, newsletter, diary, and forum.
Another new way to communicate and interact online, but it's not really, not primarily let's say, a conversation. I think it's more a micro-journal, a blog within a blog.
You post about what you're doing, but that includes, as Robert Scoble does in a high frequency, links to sites of interest and special functionalities, discoveries, tips, recommendations, opinions, etc.
One blogger says that "Twitter is to blogging what the phone was to pony express." I think I agree.
Twitter feels intimate.
It seems cozy, safe, comfortable. You can easily and swiftly control who is in and who is out, and you can change your mind. So I invited a wide range of bloggers, even a few questionables, because I can delete a person from my network if they get out of hand.
I really like knowing what these blogger pals and even remote associates, what they're doing once in a while, throughout the day, and more importantly, what they've discovered on the internet.
See? We're back to Pure Original Blogging: the 1992 old skool blogging, intimate, semi-private, intense, spontaneous, short, pithy, gems, diamonds, shining from puter to puter, the brief, casual observation and obscure link.
Twitter is a new step beyond blogging.
Twitter is thought bullets.
Twitter is a must for the new breed of blogger I am helping to invent: the New Super Bloggers of Blogosphere 4.0
Twitter is another tool for computelepathy.