Blowing Twitters out of proportion
StumbleUpon and Tumblr are both interesting forms of micro-blogging, but I’ve been getting more into Twitter. Twitter lets me surf other people’s streams of thought (like a super micro-blog-lite with 140 characters or less per entry). You view all of the your friends/contacts “tweets” as a stream. What’s funny is when completely unrelated tweets can appear connected because of the random positioning of technology.
Just saw this little Twitter zombie mash-up on my screen from Anil Dash and a story-by-twitter account. Two people who don’t know each other forming a conversation for only me to see.
Of course, Twitter has it’s dark side as Steve Rubel of Edelman recently found out. Tim Nash’s excellent post about reputation management had me thinking that perhaps it was time to start merging my personal blog into my professional life. But Mr. Rubel has now reminded me of my initial thoughts of Twitter:
All of us involved in the internet self-publishing craze can do well to remember that the technology distorts the context of our messages (not to mention how any communication is open to interpretation). It’s impossible to self-monitor all of the information we’re putting out there without turning into a Luddite that uses the web like a television, read-only. All we can do is try to avoid the stupidity of posting a sex tape on MySpace and be prepared for when one moments communication can be blown out of proportion down the road.