How blogs can be a Twitter self-evaluation tool

I guess it started with Bill Seaver, who suggested that Twitter is leading to a decline in well-thought ideas in blogs.

Seaver’s post was “tweeted” on Twitter by Steve Ruebel. This was picked up by Canadian blog superstar Mark Evans,who has been musing recently on the effort blogging takes. He“retweeted” Ruebel’s tweet, which linked to his blog. Then came theretort from Mathew Ingram, community editor at the Globe and Mail,also over Twitter: “A related thought: is Twitter saving people frombloated, padded-out blog posts that really only deserve a sentence ortwo?”

All good points, and the answers, of course, are purely subjective.I don’t think either medium should win out here. In fact, I think theycould help each other. Although blogs were once considered as “realtime” as it gets, Twitter has recast blogging as the kind of contentwhich can be perused at a more leisurely pace – perhaps giving the timeto reflect on what’s been said on Twitter.

As an experiment, I decided to look back at everything I’d posted onTwitter so far this week, and took out all self-promotional stuff, thebanal everyday updates, and tried to see if I’d managed to get acrossanything of significance, even if was more about entertainment valuethan in-depth information, or simply a well-chosen retweet. Here’s whatI came up with. I suggest any of those IT managers pioneering enough tobe on Twitter already to try the same thing. If nothing else, it willhelp you understand why you’re being followed – or not.

Just got a pitch about a company which helped a customer “pimp itsstorage.” If the vendor is the pimp, who’s the ho? The customer?Sheesh. 10:56 AM Jun 10th from twhirl

If Web 2.0 is the one millionth word, I think the 1,000,001st should be “blaaagh!”
10:06 AM Jun 10th from twhirl

You can talk about 64-bit computing all you want, but nothing seems to stop the x86 server market. See HP’s ExSO: AM Jun 10th from twhirl

RT @joxley: business accountability and creativity needs to becombined with individual responsibility5:33 AM Jun 10th from twhirl

Twitter tips are the new e-commerce advice.
7:45 AM Jun 9th from twhirl

The iPhone 3GS: Because the 2G model was such a flop.
12:17 PM Jun 8th from web

Just had a great book title idea. My Life in Lanyards: Confessions of an Incurable Conference Junkie.
11:38 AM Jun 8th from web

@jayrosen_nyu From “the rough draft of history” to simply “beta.” This is how journalism has changed.
9:04 AM Jun 8th from web in reply to jayrosen_nyu

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