In the cacophonous jumble of thoughts that bounce through our heads every day, there are a few that stand out. We feel compelled to share these observations and ruminations -- the uncommon moment, for example, where you see a mailman who is walking quickly and smoking a cigar.
I've been using Twitter for about a month now and I've found it's a handy way to bookmark such observations and ruminations when they happen. And I've come to appreciate the beauty of Twitter's brevity constraint: your posts (or tweets) can be no longer than 140 characters.
What's so good about this extreme conciseness? This: it forces you to get to the point. Have you ever taken a random walk down blog street? Granted, there are great blogs out there, but the vast majority are one of two types:
- Ramblefests: Stream-of-conscious rants that are ferociously uninteresting.
- Copycats: Multi-paragraph quotations from news sites and other blogs, with maybe a sentence or two of original commentary.
You can stalk me on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/thefoible