Rare are the threads that rustle me into logging in to participate these days. This one is great!
Over the years here I have not been very critical of Twitter even though I didn't use it until recently. I may have, in the past, casually dismissed it as "impossible to have a meaningful conversation". In fact without looking it up (because it's so difficult to find anything via search these days) I think it was almost exactly those words.
I'm actually enjoying it now. It is a very REAL challenge to present a complex topic, in wholeness, in 140 characters or less.
It especially becomes a challenge when forcing myself to use whole words including punctuation. No shortcuts. Except maybe in rare instances, I don't even substitute "& for and".
If you use more than one tweet to make your point you risk a disjointed message with the meaning lost in the twitter stream.
True. But. This boy likes to ramble at times. So, on a few occasions when 140 characters just won't cut it I tag the end of a series of continuation tweets with 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 for that very reason. I've only had one thought once that consumed 7 tweets, d'oh! I do send out most tweets with 140 characters consumed, exactly, no left-overs.
I've been actively tweeting for a few months now, I'm up to about 360+ tweets as I type this. What I'm enjoying most is nothing is off topic! What a playground :)
I was just debating someone about an hour ago who says "I", "me", "my" are illusions and we don't exist. Being a middle path fellow I'm challenging his/her ability to justify it. I sent out the last volley and haven't heard back yet so I anticipate he/she is going to be digging very deep on the return. I luv the challenge!
Beyond sending off my own thoughts into the Twitterverse I also use it almost exclusively now for discovery of new topics off interest, or to dig deeper into ones I already enjoy.
These days search engines have become useless (IMHO) for discovery. I hope now that Twitter has become a public company they don't blow it by loosing the balance.