Thursday, January 20, 2011

R U Tweeting 2 Much?

Blogs are totally 2009. They’ve gotten so wordy. For bloggers, it’s just scribble, scribble, scribble; for the rest of us, it’s just read, read, read. Sometimes blog posts go on for 200 or even 300 words. Imagine what you might be missing while you’re slogging through all that blah-blah. Worse, on a blog there’s a huge lag time—minutes often!—from the moment the blogger writes a post to the moment the reader can read it.

Read the rest of Andrew Ferguson in Commentary.

3 Comments:

At 2:34 PM, Blogger John said...

Best quote:

Blogs are totally 2009. They’ve gotten so wordy. For bloggers, it’s just scribble, scribble, scribble; for the rest of us, it’s just read, read, read. Sometimes blog posts go on for 200 or even 300 words. Imagine what you might be missing while you’re slogging through all that blah-blah. Worse, on a blog there’s a huge lag time—minutes often!—from the moment the blogger writes a post to the moment the reader can read it.

Imagine that. Minutes wasted when you might be reading a choppy tweet someone imagined to be clever.

I'm a Twitter nut but remain in a small and shrinking minority with no cell phone. My desktop is my base. When I'm not here there are no Tweets (and no telephone interruptions either).

The trick is to "follow" a select number of people who are not too loquacious. I don't know anyone who can generate reliably intelligent and informative tweets end to end for longer than an hour or two. (Smart people after that will shut up and go get a drink or something.) I also block any prospective followers that might be spam sources or clearly have no idea who I am or what my interests are.

Having said all that, I'm having a ball. The hashtags are a great way to take the pulse of an unscientific sampling of opinion that is harder to disguise than a blush or hiccup. When the "top tweets" show up that's the pulse, generated with the same detachment as those blood pressure cuffs at the drug store. For example, check #hcr and see how closely the "top tweets" agree with the news about health care reform.

 
At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Dan Richwine said...

I'm so out of the loop, without a single tweet to follow.

On the other hand, I'm currently reading "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, so I'd call it a draw...

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger John said...

Draw?
Dan, you're not even close. "Meditations" is light years ahead. You're missing very little. The Twitterverse is the cyber equivalent of something between a cocktail party and a frat party of sloppy drunks.

 

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