Twitter Sucks for Coffee Conversations
Posted on May 4, 2010 by Mike
I love Twitter. I love the brevity, accessibility to brilliant people, and following the people I follow. But I don’t love the way great (often technical) conversations are sometimes hosted there. Occasionally someone I follow posts an interesting question that stimulates responses, answers, and more great questions, and suddenly my timeline is flooded with fantastic content from a variety of great sources. This would be amazing if all that great new content didn’t disappear into the void an hour later, but it does. It would be better if all those great responses were collected and archived in a way that allowed people to easily see what everyone else is thinking. That’s not what Twitter does, nor what I think it should do. Instead, I’d prefer that all you brilliant people I follow raise your great questions or thoughts in a more appropriate forum, in a venue you actually own. There’s no reason why you can’t post 140 characters of thought on your blog, tweet the link, and engage with people there. Great content won’t disappear in the timeline, and others will benefit from reading multiple opinions on one single page.
Twitter may have contributed to the demise of great coffee blogs, but maybe it can also bring them back?