So, I have a Twitter account. And yet, I still maintain a blog. What's up with that?
The interesting thing about Twitter is that the updates are restricted to 140 characters. There are basically two different ways to approach this problem. You can carefully craft each twit, making sure to get the maximum possible impact out of the limited amount of space. My friend Ian twits in haiku, and I love him for it.
(By the way, I am aware that the more common verb is "to tweet." That's silly, and ungrammatical. The site isn't called "Tweeter," people. I'm spearheading a one-woman campaign to change this. Write your congressperson.)
The other, more common, approach to Twitter is to write one sentence at a time, several times a day. This kind of makes me sad. I'm starting to wonder if Twitter is the Death of Blogs. It's so easy, so convenient. Who has time for a long, introspective paragraph these days?
On the other hand, during Teh Golden Age of Teh Blogs, when absolutely everyone had one, you saw a lot of crap. I personally read a lot of crap. The rabidly literary part of me should be celebrating teh Twittification of teh internets. If you don't have anything interesting to say, you might as well say it as concisely as possible.
Don't get me wrong. I love Twitter. I love that it's fast, and silly, and generally meaningless. Sometimes, though, I want a little more substance.
That's why the blog is still my preferred medium of self-expression/ego flaunting. I am far too verbose to work under those conditions. Do you have ANY idea how long twitting this rant would have taken me?