Yeah, I know I’ve been pretty quiet on ye olde blog the past week. But I haven’t been exactly quiet in general. It’s just that I’ve been yakking it up, 140 characters at a time, over on Twitter. So in case you ever notice a lack of posting here, you may want to take a peek over there. Just for, you know, future reference. Sign up on Twitter yourself, and feel free to add me as a friend.
I found Annalee Newitz’s article on Twitter fascinating, including this breakdown of time:
+ Twitter time: every minute
+ Blog time: every few hours
+ Newspaper time: every day
There’s also a mention of “book time” in the one-line bio at the end of the piece, which I suppose one could translate in to meaning “every few days”, given how long the average person devotes to getting through a tome.
I also thought about how one might define the 24-hour news cycle. Would “CNN time” be defined as “every second”?
For people with little time, Twitter functions like an extremely stripped-down version of MySpace. Instead of customized pages, animated badges, custom music, top 8 friends, and all that crap, Twitter is just-the-facts-ma’am: where are my friends and what are they up to?
Twitter’s like Flickr without the images.
When one thing (i.e. Twitter) is easier than something else (i.e. blogging) and offers almost the same benefits, people will use it.
I have a MySpace account, but I rarely use it. I’m certain part of that is age-related, but the other bit is that I already have my own blog, on my own domain, so why do I need to reinvent the wheel over on MySpace? (Other than the juvenile reason of not wanting anyone else to have “myspace.com/retrophisch”, I’m hard-pressed to explain why I even bothered.)
But there are bits of life’s detritus that I don’t feel like going through the trouble of blogging, and I think my Twitter account is a great place for those to accumulate, and it’s a heck of a lot easier, as Kottke points out, than either blogging or MySpace.