Long Live The #Shortread

Among its other accomplishments in 2013, Twitter ate this site. But now I’m taking it back.

What I mean by that: Last year, when I had a fun or interesting thought, I almost always just tweeted about it and moved on. Who could blame me? Twitter is unbelievably fast, the feedback is seamless, and with a more pressing job on my mind, why bother sitting at a computer and writing it out?

But I’ve actually never really enjoyed reading or writing long posts. It’s ok if you do, but I just don’t. I’m at a point in my life where I’d rather spend an hour exploring ten new ideas, even if superficially, than one in great detail. So that’s how I’m going to write.

None of this is new really, the only person gaining any long term authority or anything else out of us people using twitter is twitter. I wrote something similar back in 2009 after listening to a This Week in Tech episode.

It’s great to put effort into your social spaces, and the instant feedback is awesome…I get so few comments on the blog here that I probably don’t need to keep them open, but it’s always good to have a home when these social networks die or get acquired.

Keep some of your voice for yourself!

err sorry for the broken links in the original article.

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My name is Mathew Packer, I live on the east coast of Australia in Newcastle with my wife Cath, my son Travis, and our dog Cherry Bomb.

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