Chris Brogan tweeted this yesterday:
The link above is to the Twitter entryâ€¦..I re-tweeted a few minutes ago that this highlights the problem of Twitter and â€œconversationâ€. Twitter is, or seems to me to be a NOTIFICATION of conversation, aside from its role as a pointer to worthy items of note. So many tweets are disconnected from their natural flow (the context) that would enable other readers to enjoy the humor, or see the significance in the larger conversation from which it sprung. The Twitter clients are maturing, but the path back to the original flow is not always an easy find.
Chris is encouraging his friend to not let Twitter drown out his capacity to more fully express himself. This is precisely why I was not enamored with Twitter early on. I saw this abandonment of better conversations and self-expression by really good writer/bloggers who I now dearly miss. I have experienced the â€œjoyâ€ of Twitter to be sure, but I still begrudge it for the same reason that Chris seems to do here. That is why, early on, I installed Twitter tools in my WordPress installation. I hope to see the integration continue to deepen (like with comments for instance; a way to get blog comments to become tweets that point back to the post from which they sprung. And vice-versa: That comments given via Twitter as retweets or replies be pulled into the blog comment thread. And I all for the expansion of the idea of twitter metadata that allows twitter clients to easily recover the larger context of the lone tweet that is disconnected from its original inspiration for the twitter user who happens upon it.