Starting today's meander with a list of my posts elsewhere over the last week. There aren't a lot of them:
- New England's Air Wars. This blast from the past includes a rather nice Rigby cartoon.
- Belshaw's World - friends and the fabric of life. This Armidale Express column was the first of two that the paper tagged on its front page. The second column will appear on-line next week.
- Rower Henry Searle New England's first world champion. A Maclean, Clarence Valley champion.
- De La Salle College, Armidale - 2012 Reunion. As the title says.
- Round the history blogs 13 - diet, independence & Brideshead Revisited.
Over on on Scepticslawyer, deusexmacintosh's post Cameron’s First Law of Twitter Personified drew a comment from skepticlaw:
I must admit I’m with Lorenzo on this; tweet not lest you be twatted. Technology has a habit of conferring some ambiguous ‘benefits’ at the same time as all the good stuff, while the people using that technology haven’t changed very much, hence the problems with foot in mouth disease.
This got me thinking about sometimes ambiguous nature of Twitter and the love-hate relationship I have that that particular medium.
I don't follow a lot of people on Twitter, just sixty five. Even with that number, the volume of tweets sometimes swamps me - thirty in the last two hours. With the time I have, I don't understand just how people can read so many tweets when they follow six hundred or more people!
Still, that's not the point of today's muse.
I know when I write - short or long - that there is always a tendency to be frank. It is at tendency I have to discipline, for I know that the things that I write are public. Yet this is one reason why Twitter is so insidious. The very form of Twitter encourages the illusion that what one writes is actually a conversation, limited but still a conversation. We think of the conversation relationship as between us and our followers in general, particular individuals in particular, yet it's not. It's a public dialogue with the world.
The biggest problem comes where people tweet for immediate effect. Grab attention now, repent at leisure. Twat follows tweet.
The tendency is always there. I know what will attract attention, whether in tweet or post. I am tempted to go for the instant grab. Yet it's also very silly.
I really do need to finish cleaning the swimming pool. It is such a nice day. I am feeling happy and don't want to write serious stuff! Facebook, blogs, Twitter - get behind me!