“140 characters is the new container for ideas.” Tom Foremski wrote an article on this in the Silicon Valley Watcher on March 3, saying:
“… when I became a ‘journalist blogger’ I realized that there was an interesting switch. Writing for a newspaper, where there was always a finite amount of space, I was often asked to stretch a story to fill the space. Yet online, where there was an infinite amount of space, writing less was always better.”
… “And if you want to go viral, expressing your idea in 120 characters or less is even better (so that others can retweet:)”
On the other hand, micro posts have great potential to be shallow – at worst. At best, they can only really direct or focus attention, or maintain a sense of intimacy.
Conversations where each entry is only l40 characters can’t do it all, even threaded conversations with a stream of posts using hashtags. They can’t explain. They can’t consider the alternatives. They can’t arrive at higher truths.
Is this true? What about brainstorming using a Twitter thread? That seems possible. But brainstorming is only the beginning of a really good conversation.
The trick is to more seamlessly combine micro posts with longer posts. This is partially done by inserting tiny urls. Is that the best way to do it?