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April 28, 2008


Ivan Pope

I follow you on Twitter - that'show I came here. Not sure Twitters is a replacement for Blogging though. Can't say I had any idea of your view on anything recently until reading this ... Twitter is lazy compared to Blogging I think. Maybe better for the Twitterer, but not for the reader ...

Jeff Clavier

Hey Ivan. Point well taken, and I don't think I am claiming that Twitter is replacing blogging as a mechanism for elaborating on an idea. It is complementing it as a notification mechanism (as you found out about that post), and it is a way to maintain a level of conversation in lieu of blogging. Today is really the first time I felt compelled to write "for real".


The thing is, very few people in the larger adoption scheme are maintaining a blog that is an active broadcast of one to many (at least not intended).

I think you are spot on that Twitter is more about "a tweet might lead to a conversation"

I'm more in the camp using Twitter as a more accessible method for publishing back to wards an aggregated post via Twitter Tools for WordPress and LoudTwitter for LiveJournal.

I also do this with del.icio.us now that it supports a batch publish per day of links added.

Hence, the description of your post which is now:

Summary: The "blog" is contrived, hard, and asynchronous. Twitter is accessible, easy, and intimate.

That will hit my WordPress sometime tonight.

Rolf Schewe

The first line tells you all you need to know. I stopped once I got to "Washington D.C.". For crying out loud, who was she asking, the lobbyists on K Street? Maybe the President.

If D.C. was a representative sample of how our society behaves we are screwed.

Yeah, let's take a sample of American society from inside the Washington bubble.

By the way, last time I checked I was in Staten Island, not Silicon Valley.

Dave Ambrose

I'm digging the pic. :)

Zoli Erdos

Wow, Jeff, great to see you back to blogging!

dave mcclure

not sure why the picture of tim & me made the post, but perhaps since i twittered the link to the pic on friday it wouldn't have been included otherwise ;)

(ps - we're still accepting caption suggestions on that photo)

- dave

Jeff Clavier

Zoli> Don't start :). I am definitely not back to blogging like I used to.

Dave> As I told you I picked that picture to illustrate the post a bit randomly - though I really like it - though it feels to me that it illustrates well that second coming of Social Media.


I agree that tweeting isn't much of a time sink but following is. I have the few minutes a day to tweet, I don't have the hours to follow.

Perry Mizota

Good post, Jeff. I generally agree with your comments. However, I believe that in order for Twitter - or micro-blogging - to become mainstream, there needs to be more clearly defined purpose. I explain in more detail at http://abovethenoise.blogspot.com/2008/04/to-go-mainstream-twitter-must-have-more.html

Garth Hall

We're using twitter in a variety of ways. While our twitter already 'broadcasts' to our facebook page and blog, we've also begun using twitter for news sound bites. We took the badge code of one of our filmmakers, Pete Chatmon and posted it on our site so that while he was at the Tribeca Film Festival he could send reports back to us.  He's been doing this since last Thursday and his reports are streaming into our Front Page where he is the FILMCOMMUNITY "Featured Filmmaker" [http://www.filmcommunity.com ]. In the midst of all this, Pete won the Tribeca prize for best narrative for his screenplay and we received the news firsthand.

Inspired by this experience we'll be posting regular "twitter" (micro-blog) reports from the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. We're also going to create on our site a "Twitter Wall" of badges from all our members in Cannes so that their live updates will come streaming in from all over the Festival and appear as a "wall" of news.

(FILMCOMMUNITY.COM is the social network for the film industry worldwide)

Robert Cadena

This post gave me an idea to relegate my blog to just another element of my online social identity. So I whipped up a script that aggregates some social streams and turned my personal home page into my online social identity stream aggregator: http://www.machine501.com/

I could have used FriendFeed but I have my own ideas about presentation and wanted to give others control too.

Neil Vineberg

If life comes down to 140 character posts, then aren't we missing something? A song needs a melody and a chorus, not just a bunch of riffs. There is something magical about compositional development.

Yes, Twitter is the collective 24/7 song of infinite instruments. A chorus of unique and spontaneous voices. And I love it.

In terms of mass market adoption, however, Twitter needs its players to be fully present, and the medium perhaps demands of its players the endurance of a long distance runner combined with the energy of a sprinter. And outside the 24/7 musings of Bay Area tech heads and the 'name' bloggers who need to be first with the latest news, show me a mainstream American public that wants to be broadcasting all day and night. So jury's out on mass market.

And .... don't give up on the longer posts, even if they take longer to write.

Nollind Whachell

One isn't any better than the other (blogging vs twittering), they each have their own strengths and are appropriate in their own ways.

If anything, what Twitter did is make it socially acceptable to just provide small "situational awareness" updates instead of lengthy posts or even articles. Yet all of these content formats can and I think should be used together. Here's an example.

Think of a scientist who is researching something. He may have a small notebook that he sticks in his pocket to jot down small thoughts that come to him during the day. Then later at home, he expands upon these collection of notes into a journal. Then finally over a longer period of time, his journal entries are aggregated into an article.

The thing to note is that at the article stage, the formality of the document become more professional and precise. The notes are loose and can contain snippets of anything, the journal is more structured but still not perfect, until finally the article is created which relays a professional opinion of something (that can hopefully stand up to scrutiny amongst his peers).

Again, one format isn't any better than the other, they instead all work together in their own way at different stages in the evolution of an idea or belief.


To answer your question, I think it is sad that our conversations have become character limited text messages. On the positive side, Twitter users could keep their weak relationships on Twitter. Real close relationships can take place on the cell phone or in person. Interesting post.

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