Blogging vs. Tweeting


I’ve noticed that active tweeting has resulted in fewer potential blog topics. Why? In Twitter, I can comment on something very quickly. Composing a blog post takes much more energy.

For example, I love Python Essential Reference, and I pre-ordered the fourth edition. (David Beazley is The Man!) I recommended PER on Twitter (and even had a Twitter conversation about it, which I cannot find now because Twitter search sucks like a Hoover), and therefore didn’t feel an impetus to write a post about it. I had quickly and easily satisfied my urge to recommend the book, via Twitter.

Others have also noticed this effect. Other posts are more wordy deep than necessary on this… I don’t see the comparison as cosmically subtle. Tweets have a lower creation cost than blog posts. Duh! One hundred forty characters and -boom- you’re done. A blog post can be pithy — indeed, that’s some bloggers’ preferred writing style — but my kind of posts demand some thought, editing, maybe image or quote insertions, adding links, etc. The work for even a simple post is at least 100x that of a Tweet.

Interesting.

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2 comments
  1. Why don’t you post 140 characters max blog posts then? Isn’t there a wordpress plugin for that?

    • John said:

      Twitter’s format, mechanics, and community standards allow for less formality than a blog. At least, it feels that way to me.

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