Had an A-Ha! moment on the Blogs vs. Twitter debate this week, late in the day Thursday catching up on the day’s twitter traffic after a mildly productive afternoon.
I’m thinking of Twitter like a stream and the blogosphere as lakes and oceans. Fishing moving waters requires different techniques than still waters. You have different gear, different approaches. It would never occur to me to try to catch every fish that swims by. Just the one that happens to be in the pool that i can reach. just. right. then.
I am also a slow learner. So I’m going to give an example. The material is political, but my point is about the social media tools.
- First, I noticed a tweet by a Brit I follow re: a muslim cleric spouting off in support of spousal abuse. Political topic, trying to stay away from that on this blog for now. A quick retweet @JohnShepard, don’t think much about it.
- Over on JohnScout, I had written a post touching on the newly inaugurated president’s time as a Cub Scout in Indonesia. This islamic nation has the largest number of Scouts in the world. I had referenced @JoshuaGodinez‘s blog in that post, then saw him tweet about muslim Scouts in Scotland and their special Oath. Hmm. Maybe a topic for a follow-up post, so a quick retweet.
- Then, I noticed another headline on Geert Wilders. For a few months I’ve seen the Dutch parliamentarian in the news. He made a film, Fitna, about the dark side of Islam. Many people are unhappy; Thursday there were several tweets about charges filed by Dutch courts. Again, at face a political topic, but Freedom of Speech and cultural issues—this is getting closer to what I’m willing to tackle at jcshepard.com. However, by this time I was late for dinner. So I did the re-tweet thing.
It’s not about the ends but the means.
Perhaps the world is a better place for me not taking time to blog this political topic. Who knows, perhaps we averted a new Crusade. Either way, the Twitterverse is good for quickly bringing in data and sharing it. Not alot of processing is going on in 140 words let alone 140 characters. This blog is about 400 words, more or less. It takes time to process data into information.
I used twitter like a stream. Topics come, topics go, here’s the link, read it and see what you think.