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The Banality of Personal Life and Where Twitter Comes In

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May 07, 2007

The Banality of Personal Life and Where Twitter Comes In

Heather Green

Fred Wilson writes today about how he wants to keep a personal dimension to his blog, though he's been filtering more and more of his personal life out of his blog. Part of his answer is this quandry is to use Twitter more.

I thought immediately of a conversation that I had with Ross Mayfield a month or so ago for a story about Twitter that really struck me. He described one of the powerful aspects of Twitter, what he called the messaging of the mundane.

Mayfield commented that Twitter allows you to share things in a way that actually lets you protect your privacy. Little mundane things are interesting and important to folks depending on who the information is coming from. Twittering that you're sick and sleepy, for instance, gives a stranger a sense that you're sharing something with them, which you are. But it's mundane, less personal detail, that nevertheless, tells a little bit about yourself. For a collegue or friend, though, knowing that you're sick but still at work may explain why you're crabby.

It reminds me of the kinds of details writers, either fiction or non fiction try to gather about the people or scenes they're writing about. Pull enough of them together, and you do get a sense of who that person is, without actually having to know how much they sold their house for or what their daughter looks like.

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The thing is, Jaiku is much cooler than Twitter. Okey, twitter works fine. But Jaiku have actually made the community 2.0 for real.

Posted by: Anton at May 8, 2007 09:41 AM

Someone in my twitter network commented today that the best Twitter writers could get jobs writing fortune cookie fortunes.

I use Twitter to stay in touch with a lot of people I know, and some others whose work I respect. Any time I have asked a question I've had immediate and helpful response. News has been breaking on Twitter regularly, and blogging seems so s-l-o-w these days.

I think blogs will become to Twitter as newspapers did to blogs: a place for features and background. But Twitter will be the place to check and confirm the news.

Posted by: B.L. Ochman at May 11, 2007 02:41 PM

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