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I’m not Anti Twitter, just anti tweet

March 17th, 2009

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Recently, I’ve been going round and round about the value or lack of value of Twitter and it’s particular niche on the net. Everyone and their grandmother are tweeting this and that from CNN to the board room. As a designer I find the technology inspiring, but as a communicator, I am still grasping with its true place in our collection of tools.

Let me first say that I “get” what Twitter is about, and I think this is what I have the biggest gripe with…because of it’s transient nature people tend not to think about what it is they are writing (if it can even be called writing). Their mindset is to get to the net first with whatever rant, rave or opinion they have before the channel is full of noise from similar people posting similar rants. This is what makes it such a horrible vehicle for meaningful communication.

The only advantage I can see in twitter is the following sort of scenarios:

1. Following someone trekking across large bodies of land or water and who are documenting their travel but have no time for blogging

2. A secret militia moving thru hostile territory who need to communicate with one another

3. A way for people meeting up at an unfamiliar location to communicate with one another until they meet up

4. People fleeing from a natural disaster who need to know the safest way out from the flood lands

The above 4 examples are merely types of models where micro blogging work, but if you examine the nature of the scenarios, you could assume that SMS would suffice. I can SMS a group of friends my personal messages without flooding the nets with my nonsense…

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am all for following and monitoring the people who inspire and influence my view of the world, but is following them in 140 words or less (or whatever the text limit is) doing that opinion of them any justice?
Anyway, I hadn’t planned on writing this much about something I don’t consider worth my time, but having written it, I am appreciative of the fact that I do place value on my time.

Here’s a thought. Maybe I should just start tweeting short short stories to inspire and entertain people. But I guess that would be too much like the Japanese phenomena of micro stories for mobile devices. Hrmmmm….my god, a twitter thought is born.

Here’s how it will begin:

“Her name was Helen, and when she opened her eyes this morning, she knew things would be different. She could sense the change in the air…”

tweet tweet personal challenge

-maybe an experiment of this nature is worth it…just to see where it takes me and the reader. Let’s see if I have enough discipline to keep it on course. :)

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…to find a place for meaningless things is to offer them the hope of purpose and potential…

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