I have been trying to integrate my online life by marrying a stubborn wordpress.com together with twitter. The idea is that I’d rather have you read this blog thru twitter than an RSS feed.
That makes more sense, right? Tweet your feedback.
I find Twittering is easier than blogging via WordPress.
The 140 character limit puts enough pressure on me to write something meaningful that is consumed as quickly as it is created. That is all the time both you and I have. The challenge is to know how to squeeze the vastness of a thought into 140 characters.
With more and more people following me on Twitter, it doesn’t make any sense for me to continue to syndicate my blog through RSS. I think Twitter is an easier way for you to read my content and for me to get to know you better.
This is a relevant lesson. Better to be precise in your communication than to be verbose. That is how you brand your company. In simple short sweet words.
Gawker blogger Owen Thomas says “We Twitter to reassure ourselves that we are alive.”
A clinical psychologist interviwed by Times Online and quoted in the post says “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.”
I’ve heard anywhere from 1 million (a little dated) to 6 million. So I do not think that group is reflective of anything significant. Yes, Twitter is cool. But it is mostly used evangelize an idea or a product or service. Another distribution channel one that I’d compare to RSS in spirit. It moves information quickly from me device to you. I do not believe it can live as a stand-alone application. It’s like push-to-talk. Eventually, you have to merge with someone who offers much more.
If you want to analyze the sense of identity or lack thereof, then I think Facebook is a far better example than Twitter.