FOR SEVERAL YEARS, I have tried living in a microcommunity of 12 second-long exchanges. In 12 to 15 seconds, you communicate around 140 characters of information. I don't think that leads to effective communications and I'm turning the boat in another direction. I'm going to focus on communicating through my blog and through rich media (i.e., podcasts and short video clips) instead of posting tweets. If successful, I'll reach my 5000th post on InsideView.ie before I make my 20,000th tweet. I'm changing my behaviour because I get a strong human experience on the heels of commentary flowing from blog items, Skype chats, Online Meeting Rooms conferences, FriendFeed comments and Moodle discussion with students. I don't think Twitter needs me pumping short text snippets onto its public timeline because Twitter has refocused online attention spans of millions of people down to a smaller interval than the 30-second spot. Since I never liked that short form of information anyway, I'm naturally moving the use of my time back to blogging and podcasting. That doesn't mean I'll stop using Twitter. I'll keep listening to Twitter through aggregation of flows, reading special searches I've invoked inside Twitter, and I'll get some direct message traffic from Twitter to my mobile phone. But I'm throttling the two-hour long periods that I used to allow Twitter to run in a tab on my laptop. I'm killing the bookmark for Twitter on my Nokia E90 because it's not delivering a meaningful conversational experience anymore. I will respect Twitter for its simple "how's it goin" flow and to detect trends and interesting pop-up ideas. As mechanisms for the crowd, add-ons to Twitter contribute to smart results. But I need more than a buzz monitor in my life and I'm not willing to watch idle chatter for hours of my work day.
I'm off to record something useful (see kit shown above left).