True story: Since I started "tweeting", my blog output has sunk to an all-time low. All Time Low, I tell you!
Yet during the same period my tweet-rate has increased. Increased!
Am I proud of this? Buh no.
Do I think that tweeting has the same nutritive value as blogging? Buh no.
And yet. It offers a poke to the pleasure center of the brain that blogging does not - specifically, it focuses the mind to be expressive in 140 characters. It's fast. Oh, so very fast. Hit the update button and shaZAMM, you've blurted 140 characters of erudition at all of your followers.
Instant gratification ho!
Why wait for your loyal readers to wander by your blog and tediously shamble their way through your latest article when you can submit them to an episode of id gavage.
When I'm writing here, 140 characters doesn't buy you much. I can't get out of bed in 140 characters.
And yet, I have been tweeting. Quite a lot, at least by my standards.
And in the course of doing so I've learned two simple lessons: you can't create and sustain a narrative thread in 140 characters. And it's really hard to establish a relationship with readers 140 characters at a time.
So here's the challenge. In a world in which the tyranny of Twitter is compressing attention spans in inverse proportion to the volume of messages assaulting those newly-compressed attention spans, what can one do to adapt?
Well, we can settle for reducing complex concepts and thoughts into fortune cookie-length declarative statements, like "product managers must lead" and "it's important to be nice".
Or, we can agree that Twitter has its uses. And like all good tools, it should be used for what it is good at. Not more.
The bottom line: I apologize for my drop in ack/nak posts. I've learned there are a lot of things I can't express 140 characters at a time. So I won't try.
I look forward to sharing them with you here, even if I end up reducing complex concepts and thoughts into fortune cookie-length declarative sentences. The difference is that over here, they're short by choice, not by design.
And I promise to use whatever "influence" I gain for good, not evil. You're not so much followers as fellow travelers, and I value being on the road with you.