I’d like to set a challenging proposition before you especially if you are a regular employer of Twitter and other micro blogging platforms.
I am rather saddened by the narrow use of Twitter where those who post try to cleverly cram information into a limited number of characters.
That is certainly one use of micro blogging, but by no means is it the only use of a once ground breaking way for people to share knowledge.
Words are an infinite resource for expressing myself in ways that are not just functionally clever, but also eloquent, poetic and inspiring.
The challenge to express yourself in a hundred and forty characters opens up possibilities first explored in poetic forms such as the Haiku.
Less can be more, and the beauty of language can be realised and enjoyed not through cheap trick short-hand, but through skilful simplicity.
Words can dance, embody rhythm, they can erupt with passion, become a heartfelt call to action, a plea for response, and can carry laughter.
A lot of tweeting misses this opportunity, and I believe people have fallen into a habit of being shorthand-junkies, trapped in their heads.
Micro blogging can and should be more eloquently beautiful, more poetic reaching for the kind of ‘dialogue’ described so well by David Bohm.
We have an opportunity to commune, not just communicate, with an immediacy and simplicity that could add inspiration to all the information!
Go on – try tweeting a bit without all the neat abbreviations, acronyms and shortened links. You will be surprised at the power of language.
Enjoy a bit of wordplay! Oh and by the way, every paragraph in this passionate little post is exactly one hundred and forty characters long.