When Twitter becomes a blogging platform

I have been noticing more and more serialized tweets. In other words, someone tweets several times in a row because what they have to say will not fit into 140 characters. They number them and fire them off one after the other. That way you, the reader, can reassemble them in your head. Of course the arrive in reverese order (the newest ones are the last one.) Also you need some way to note that your series is over, which might beget a new twitter shorthand <EOM>

Why, if I can attach a 5 minute video or a photograph or a 3 minute mp3 to a tweet, can’t I attach a 2 paragraph messge? Why not allow me to have as much text, and why not fonts and styles? It’s just a matter of time.

The 140 Character Limit was the gimmick that differentiated Twitter from all other messaging platforms at the time. But we in a new era now. Twitter has established itself. Your twitter handle has become almost as self-identifying as your actual name (or maybe more so, because it is guaranteed unique, world-wide.)

It’s a totally natural set up for the ultimate, universal, blogging platform. I see that happening.

Someone said, Twitter is trying to become more and more like Facebook, and Facebook more and more like twitter. And both are the worse for it. Maybe when Twitter starts accepting long messages people will say that Twitter jumped the shark. I doubt it. I think it’s inevitable.

Digital Humanities: A fancy word for blogging?

Here’s an interesting article in “The Opinionator” of the New York Times about blogging, scholarly writing and the tension between the two. He says:

“… The digital humanities, it is claimed, can help alter that “monstrous terrain” in at least two ways. The first is to open up the conversation to the public whose support the traditional humanities has lost. If anyone and everyone can join in, if the invitation of open access is widely accepted, appreciation of what humanists do will grow beyond the confines of the university. Familiarity will breed not contempt, but fellowship. “Only in this way,” Fitzpatrick declares, “can we ensure the continued support for the university not simply as a credentialing center, but rather as a center of thought.” (from The Digital Humanities and the Transcending of Mortality)

Interesting article, although itself a bit of a scholarly blog. After all he uses the word “teleological” in a sentence, which I admit having to look up 🙂

“There are two things I want to say about this vision: first, that it is theological, a description its adherents would most likely resist, and, second, that it is political, a description its adherents would most likely embrace.” (from The Digital Humanities and the Transcending of Mortality)

Welcome to my new blog

So after some trouble porting the content I am now running my blog on Squarespace. My main motivation is to get out of the server management business and also clean up my messier and messier self-hosted WordPress.

Jury is still out whether this will be a keeper but for the moment I am happy and really like the fresher look of the blog compared to the previous incarnation. I will certainly keep you posted!