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Ever since I started using Twitter I haven’t updating my blog as much. I’ve read about this phenomenon many times on other prominent blogger’s sites: That the immediate satisfaction of Twitter drains the will for more long-form blogging. I’ve thought about it, and I’m sure that I could take any number of Twitters I post every day and write a whole blog entry about each of those subjects, but it feels like after I Twitter something there’s no real reason to write a blog about it. 140 characters seems enough. I don’t know if this is encouraging shallow thinking on my part or just enabling me to post more spur-of-the-moment and share more overall. I’m still trying to analyze it. I know that as I travel through the day, my mind is more attuned to communicating in “Twitter-speak”, just as, when I’m writing a scene for a script, my mind is constantly searching for character traits or line inspiration. It’s an awareness that has become second nature for me, especially since I can Twitter on my iPhone now (addicted, lol).

I think Twitter is brilliant because it is a very effective form of one-way, selective communication. We’re all being deluged with information on the internet, and the “megaphone” approach seems like the natural way to move towards when communication reaches overload. However, that’s from my perspective, having over 7,000 Twitter followers and 1,000 Facebook friends. Most people don’t deal with the volume of communication that I do daily. If I were just limited to a few dozen friends, I feel like Facebook and MySpace would be much more attractive to me, because I would have the time to really keep up with what each person is posting and use the tools to coordinate more real-life meetups etc. It would be a deeper level of connecting than is available to me, the way I use these services.

If any of you Twitter, especially if you’re new to it, I’d love to hear your thoughs about it and social networking in general, and how you use it in your lives!

  • well done wrt the troubleshooting!

  • Great, it worked! 😀

  • Edgar helped fix it, thanks Edgar!!! 😀

  • Woot! So was it the duplicate permalink name?

  • I JUST started Twittering after I found out it would update my status on other things like Facebook.

    I’m actually finding it a lot of fun and convenient as I’ve gotten far too busy for proper Livejournal updates (yes, I’m still an eljay holdout!)

    Facebook’s had the biggest effect on me social networking-wise. I’m one of those aspiring writer types, and it’s let me keep up with a lot of great contacts I’ve made through cons and other writer friends in ways I couldn’t before.

    I’ve gotten interviews for blogs and podcasts through it as well so I’ve really grown to love it in the past few months.

    I find I still have that itch to do a good long personal blog, but I probably won’t get to it at least until AFTER Dragon*Con (Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta) and my mind’s not getting ready for a billion things (and avoiding others like I’m doing RIGHT NOW! :D)

    Anyway – glad you got the blog fixed!

    -Andy

  • It was an auto redirect on the word “blog” since, when the site was transferred from .net to .com, most the links to my site were to the /blog address, which doesn’t work with this theme.

  • I quite like Twitter – but most people I know don’t use it.

    Without the facebook plugin I probably wouldn’t use it at all.

    It’s quite convenient for mrsmurk (not her twitter ID) to be able to text the site, and have the message sent to be by email and sms in one action (I get poor reception in several places – but in those places I have email).

    Facebook is really more a twitter substitute, I only really log in to check the status updates. The thing is that more folks I know are on it. I use the facebook twitter app which feeds twitter updates to it (unfortunately, including @ updates). It also has the ability to play wordgames). Without the wordgames, I’d probably be off facebook, though still feeding it via twitter.

    Flickr is probably my favourite site, but even there its not a daily contact – as photos get uploaded in batches, not every day (at least, for me).

    For Goodreads, literally NOBODY in my email address list is signed up for it.

    For me, the big problem with social networks is the critical mass of people using them. They’re not much fun as without the ‘social’!

    There isn’t a network I can think of which has a) loads of folks I know and b) the ability to easily say different things to different people (e.g. do I want my sister to see the same status update as a work colleague who’s stumbled into my network?) Facebook, unfortunately, has the most people – but it’s horrible!

    As a result, my regular network is google reader, lots of RSS feeds. It’s not ‘social’ in that sense – but when I read something that interests me, I’ll comment. Some of the sites that I visit read my site in return (though my site has few comments flying around, probably because I’m not posting on a theme, being more random).

    To answer your implied question about the trade off between blog and twitter, I much prefer a more conventional site with a full-feed RSS available. Clickable links, a bit of depth – slightly more ‘permanent’ feel (when it’s not going belly up) and so on. As an aside, with the twitter tools plugin for wordpress (which I mentioned on your test post), you can write a full piece here and automatically twitter when you publish.

    I’ve been rambling on for Britain, I’m going to stop this comment now.

    Regards,

  • That really was rambly…. should’ve hit ‘delete’ not ‘sumbit’!

  • Will

    I’m new to Twitter, and I didn’t completely understand the attraction until recently. As a blogger, I prefer to write out lengthier postings. Since I have Twitterific on my iPod touch now, I find it an easy way to keep up with friends and post important (or just plain random) tweets. I’d like to see if microblogging can be integrated more into other aspects of web browsing. The one problem that I have with social networking, microblogging, etc. is that I am too available. I can get new emails and notifications constantly, and every one seems urgent. Information saturation 😛

  • I just wanted to say that Twitter is god-sent for me because I don’t have the energy to write long blog post and who would read them anyways. With Twitter, it’s like I’m sending my thoughts OUT there, SOMEwhere =)

    I was never much a fan of Facebook or Myspace because who wants 100+ friends if you can’t keep up with them? (I’m sure I don’t have more than 30 friends and still I can’t keep up.) At least with Twitter I CAN read what everyone is thinking: it’s only 140 characters! =D

  • yangzee

    Cool. the site has been fixed 🙂

    Anyway, hi. (first comment ever!)I have been blogging for a number of years and immediately started using twitter on the recommendation of a friend. I mostly use Twitter to send updates about my day, share a few things that i find interesting, and basically just let my friends know how things are going especially since most of them have now relocated to different parts of the world.

    It is a bit different for me though, as i still blog most of the time. The frequency of my blog posts haven’t been affected by my use of Twitter. I think this may be because i mostly blog for therapeutic purposes (venting on paper, or in this case, the blog, helps a lot) :).

    As for other social networking sites, i stay away from facebook. i have an account but rarely log on as the barrage of apps just annoys me 🙂 i like to keep things simple, and i’d also like to be a bit more in control of things (who views my pictures and whatnot). i mostly use Multiply since i can limit the views to my contacts only :). although, i dont know if that is popular anywhere else.

  • I think “Twitter is a great way to follow up on what’s going on. I find it fascinating, really. And I love updating it, it’s like a messy journal of thoughts and events. Facebook is great too, just to keep tabs on friends that would have been lost to the wayside normally; high school friends, college acquaintances, occasional co-workers would all become a memory. It’s nice to keep things filed like that.

    Myspace, in my opinion, is an ugly joke. I really can’t stand it; I felt sketchy logging in. It feels almost too open and exposed. Plus, it’s just annoying to navigate.

    It’s funny, most people I follow on twitter don’t blog at all – they update occasionally with minor personal stuff. So it’s nice to see what people are up to.

  • I didn’t understand the appeal of Twitter until I started using it for work to keep bosses and other people updated on what I was doing and when I would leave for lunch and other breaks. But I quickly decided, somewhere in my head, that it was vastly more satisfying than an instant message conversation with most people because an IM chat involves delays, idleness, waiting, people leaving their computers without telling you, people who never sign on, and many other things that generate frustration.

    With Twitter, I feel that I suddenly have this huge captive audience of people who read my random thoughts throughout the day, some of them friends, some of them as random as my thoughts. I can say anything to them and, because replies are so quick and casual, I get many return thoughts and comments that I might not get from posting to my blog.

    As soon as I get an iPhone, I’ll probably ramp up my tweeting quite a bit, just because it’s so fun. I already use Twitterfone, even if its voice-to-text translator is sometimes confused.

  • farfly

    New to Twitter too, like to read other peoples stuff. I don’t need the 140 characters though.

  • @Murk –

    Dude, what twitter app do you use because mine doesn’t include @s thankfully!

  • Pointy

    Your tweets are hilarious and daily fun, sometimes hourly. Do you find that (a) Distilling experience into 140-character bursts hones comic skills and provides you a desirable outlet to make tiny observations, (b) Thinking about your next tweet distracts you from thinking about your next video/skit/role/plan for world wide web conquest (c) It’s little bit of both a&b, and the tension is creatively stimulating, or (d) “SEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE EXPECT ME TO TWEET OMG THE DOG BETTER DO SOMETHING FUNNY”?

  • I personally do both, microblog on services like Twitter and Plurk, as well as constantly update my LJ (and cross post all of it, of course). 😉 I think microblogging platforms like Twitter are great because they force us to be focused and concise, unlike a normal blog post wherein we can ramble if we’re not careful.

    I think both normal and microblogging have their places in social networking, and fill different needs. Blogging is for more comprehensive, thorough updates/thoughts/introspection, while microblogging is much more narrow, like “here I am” or “I am doing this” and that’s it.

  • @speakerwiggin http://apps.facebook.com/twitter/

    I thought this was the official one….

  • b!X

    This fix makes no sense to me. Edgar can you explain it to me more? I was going to precisely the same URL scheme as used on every other current item on this blog and it wad failing. No use of .net, no use of “blog” in the URL path. So the explanation for the issue doesn’t seem to match the actual error experience.

  • @speakerwiggin Hmmm… just re-tested it. It’s not doing it any more. It did it a couple of days ago.

    Very odd…. anyhow – all is well in the world now.

  • Not being a regular blogger I’ve used twitter just to get a quick idea across quickly to my family and a few random friends. It’s a great live blogging too as well when used from the iphone.

    For strangers connecting… consider that most blogs that people write are never read at all. Twitter might be a way for some people to connect more easily. Some people don’t want to risk a time investment to read something they think might be worthless. Keeping it short keeps the investment down.

  • @spazzium “consider that most blogs that people write are never read at all.”

    I resemble that remark!

  • @murk – perhaps they updated it? I JUST started using it myself so I may have just made it in when it changed 🙂

  • I’ve had Twitter for awhile now and I absolutely love it. I too have a blog and twitter drains it out of me as well. It’s just so damn satisfying!

  • I love twitter, it keeps me intouch with my friends all over the country more frequently than blogs or myspace updates, plus having twitterific on my iPhone I can see what’s going on in their lives while at work or traveling..
    I just keep hoping that one day, maybe, I”ll get a personal tweet or reply from Felicia… that would make me such a happy boy.
    http://twitter.com/treefrogfurnitu
    yeah i didn’t get enough letters to complete the name.

  • Melanie

    I’m brand new to twitter. I had heard of it, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was for. (Social networking in general mystifies me. I find it fascinating that my geeky shyness and awkwardness in the real world seems to follow me into the virtual world. Somebody should do some research on that.)

    So yeah, I didn’t really get the point, but then some random chick at comicon made it look like it might be fun (and possibly a little dirty), so I decided to check it out.

    I went to one of my favorite sites, common craft, and consulted their “Twitter in Plain English” video:

    (http://www.commoncraft.com/twitter).

    I always go to common craft when tackling any daunting new social networking task. They have a special interest in the topic, and as their “in plain English” titles suggest, they explain things in a totally non-intimidating way. (I’m not affiliated with them or anything, just a big fan.)

    So I’ve been following a few people (most of my friends don’t use twitter), and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed it. And it has been genuinely informative.

    For example, the common craft site did a video on “Electing a U.S. President in Plain English.” Within a few hours of announcing it (on twitter), they discovered that they had accidentally given the wrong number of electoral college votes for Kansas, one of the states they used as an example. They were able to warn people about the mistake and explain how they were correcting it in real time on twitter.

    And I enjoyed (maybe that’s the wrong word) watching the saga of The Guild DVDs play out on twitter. It’s sort of like tracking your package at Fed Ex–you see what’s going on with your order as it’s happening. It’s a little easier to wait if you can watch it work its way to you on the web…

    So to answer your question, I think microblogging has its merits, especially when your primary audience is online. (Another example would be Dr. Horrible twittering about the Hulu closed captioning.) It keeps your audience aware of any issues and just generally immersed in the sensibility that you are creating. (Your geeking/gaming fan base really does want to know about your comic book sneakers, I assure you.)

    But full-length posts are good for more in-depth topics. I really enjoyed the “businessing” post and hope it becomes a series. I’m really interested in what it takes to get a project off the ground in the brave new media frontier…

    So keep on keepin’ on. Love the blog and The Guild and the tweets.

  • Zach

    I actually discovered twitter through your site Felicia, and I must say it’s wonderful. I mostly use it for connecting with strangers as they post their tweets and I respond, in hopes of finding people to connect with on business level. I have actually used it to find networking and writing tips from tweeters such as Sandeep Parikh and yourself, as well as others, instead of having to track down a business or fan-mail address that I may never hear back from. I suppose when someone recognizes my work, I can start a blog. but in the mean time…

  • Twitter has its uses. It’s great for getting short messages out to people, quick links, funny quotes, etc.

    However, sometimes people are looking for something meatier. Please, please, PLEASE don’t give up blogging for Twitter, as so many others have.

  • Dani

    Yey for Edgar! =]

    About Twitter…
    I had register for like one month and never used… logged in once, I think. And then I only started to log-in when I started to follow you (I hate how stalker-like this sounds).

    For me the fun is basically in following people, ’cause I have only 3 followers (plus 4 or 5 on FF), and I don’t feel like I have interesting things to say anyway.

    BUT, that said, when I want to say something on twitter, I always find 140 characters not enough. I tend to write a lot. Not interesting things, but I lot. [ you may have noticed that on my emails… =P ] … so I end up not using it so much, because when I have something to say, I can’t write it in 140 characters.

    I do see how this would affect on blog entries that are more ‘writting about random stuff’, but I think you can twitter a lot, and still find topics to write more extensively about on your blog. I think your doing that just fine. I didn’t followed your blog pre-twitter, but I think you still post quite often (more than a lot of bloggers anyway…).

    Hum… I think I’m just rambling now. O.o
    Just tweet when you want to tweet. Blog when you want to blog. And I think everything will be fine. =D

  • Jen

    I’ve been using twitter for quite a while now and I find it is a great way for me and some friends to keep up with each other. We recently graduated college and it allows us to keep up on each others lives well when we don’t have time to talk. :o)

  • Been making tweets for a few months, and been blogging on my own site for shorter (I’ve blogged for a few years on various sites but never been confident enough with my writing to really keep it up) but I do have to say that Twitter is a good way to get thoughts presented in a concise way. For me this is a very good thing; since we only have 140 characters to express what we’re thinking about it does help me focus on what I need to say and the easiest way to say it.

    I need to blog more, but I also don’t tweet that often… not really much going on with me that’s tweet-worthy or blog-worthy.

  • Jesper

    I’m fairly new to Twitter. It hasn’t really caught on in Sweden, you typically find more people on FB or Jaiku up here. FB updates tend to center around current activities though, whereas Twitter (or Jaiku) seems to be more about random thoughts and observations. It’s like distractedly talking on the phone with someone while watching TV. People can say pretty funny things when preoccupied with their immediate surroundings. I prefer that.

  • I just started with Twitter too! At first it was going to be more of a professional thing, people could catch me and my random thoughts from time to time. Now even though I just started it’s way to cool to keep to more professional stuff. I still hope the blog will be big and fun (as fun as I can make financial literacy) but the Twittering is moving to just being another way to stay updated on what’s going on in the world outside of my office. Still very cool!

    Actually bumped into someone I haven’t talked to in years on Twitter, may never have again without it so I’m pumped about that. You never know who you’ll meet next!

  • I, like many others, found out about twitter through a certian panel at Comic-Con.. I have been using it since lol. But I was never a big blogger..

  • Heather

    I only started to visit twitter because of you! Still not sure if I want to be that connected to everyone; even my livejournal blog doesn’t get much love these days. Plus I don’t have a fancy iPhone, so my twitter updates would be from the web anyway. I agree that if you don’t have a lot of “friends” on social networking sites like myspace and facebook, it’s a lot more fun to spend time on them. (Lack of work to do also helps with this.)

    Also, is feliciaday @ feliciaday.net a valid email address for you? I’ve been trying to send you a link to my San Diego Comic-Con pictures (most notably “The Guild” ones) since last week and my email never goes though.

    P.S. You rock.

  • I just signed up for Twitter yesterday after hearing so much about it on this site. I have been a blogger but don’t keep up with it much anymore because no one save a small handful of my friends actually read it, therefore I felt no inclination to post regularly. I’m hoping Twitter might provide a more satisfying experience. I certainly enjoy reading your frequent tweets.

  • I dig twitter but as the only one of my meat world friends that uses it (I’ve tried to bring the other in) I find that it’s use is limited. Mostly used when I encounter something real world that I feel compelled to “talk” to someone about when there’s no one else around.

    I stream it to my site as a form of pseudo-updating between long posts which I admit I enjoy.

  • I think it all boils down to what you want to use your web page to accomplish. After five years, I’m still struggling to figure out the thesis of my own blog, but I’m certain that Twitter wouldn’t be a substitute for it. I write about the events that are going on in my life and value the fact that, years from now, I will be able to go back and reread (and relive) the memories and feelings associated with them. 140-character Tweets, with all the acronyms they’d surely contain (rofl, ttfn!) would be a rather painful form of nostalgia.

    On the other hand, using Twitter to communicate with a fan base sounds like a very good use of short form communiqués. The inherent brevity will likely result in more updates and more updates will probably keep your fans tuned in. We all know how fickle and A.D.D. the internet makes us.

    That said, my personal preference is to continue subscribing to your blog, not your Twitter stream. Even if I’m only able to read one entry per week (or month!), I value your thoughtful, reflective writing; something most Tweets have in short supply.

  • Twitter is a tremendous idea. It’s perfect for on-the-go “this is what I’m doing” stuff. I think it just doesn’t jive with my lifestyle currently…family and stuff. And I’m such a fucking windbag that a long blog is therapeutic in a lame way. Nothing against Twitter though. I’ve tried to turn a friend of mine in LA onto it. He’s an indie director working on his first feature. I said, “Yo, the Cheetos girl uses it…” Actually, I didn’t say that. haha. But, I used you as a reference. I think he’s coming around.

    Twitter should pay you.

  • I found twitter thru you! I find it much fun although so far none of my friends twitter (or will admit to it in public!). It seems to fulfill a different purpose than blogging. It is not in-depth but it can be very immediate and can give you an idea what someone goes thru during their daily lives. It can be highly entertaining and a chance to be clever if the mood strikes. So I hope everyone who enjoys it twitters away without shame! Just don’t get caught!

  • I maintain a blog daily and just started using Twitter. I’m *very* dedicated to my blog, though I really don’t have much else to do other than school (which doesn’t start for another week or so).

    I quite like Twitter – it’s fun to post random things, lol. But I also really love keeping my blog. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction getting something large-ish (like a blog) done.

  • Kairinnia

    This is an interesting question. I just recently got in to Twitter thanks to a certain red-headed web star. At first I found it extremely odd and hard to understand/deal with. Once the initial ‘OMFG-how-do-you-tell-what-the-heck-is-going-on’ feelings went away, I started getting my sea legs and enjoying watching random messages and quirkiness scroll by from various people. Some folks I know from other forums/websites, some are updates from web pages I care about (Whedonesque, Marvel comics, things like that), folks such as you Felicia that I find wonderfully fascinating to keep up with. As you start getting more followers, it also starts becoming an interesting way to get quick answers to questions you may have – advice on sushi for sushi-nooblet me, has the extended trailer for Watchmen been uploaded yet, that sort of thing. The oddball random things that the geeky sorts using Twitter are probably gonna know. Its also rather fascinating to try to squeeze your thoughts into 140 words or less – talk about a way to tighten up your writing! However I do catch myself sounding like Rorschach from Watchmen the more I use Twitter – extremely short, partially complete sentences, get the point across but nothing fancy.

    To make a long story short (I know too late) I like Twitter but for different reasons than I like blogging. Twittering allows you to send out the crazy/silly/random things to your followers quickly and efficiently. Blogging allows fully recognized thoughts/feelings/ideas to be fleshed out, explained, and otherwise scrutinized. Both have their places. Twitter reaches to the heart of the ‘right now’ lifestyles of most geeks nowadays. Blogging reaches out to the souls of everyone online.

    There, I’ve rambled enough today 🙂

    (Side note – hey to another Melanie above, you don’t see that name everywhere!)

  • I just started randomly using Twitter, no good reason just thought it would be amusing. Most of what I put on there talks about what I’m doing for lunch at work, hehe.

  • Twitter is indeed brilliant! It’s helped me reconnect with old friends from my home state but it also allows me to follow people I’m interested in. It’s so accessible and I especially love that I can get to it from my BlackBerry 🙂 Keep on Twittering!

  • I am new to Twitter. Well, I’ve had an account for a little while, but I’ve just started using it, really.
    I like the accessibility it offers. To be on the bleeding edge of thoughts of others is great. it’s like walking around with a bunch of friends and talking, but they’re in another country.
    The mobile aspect is tough for me – typing a coherent SMS is hard to do quickly on my phone, so I guess I weigh up a tweet versus how hard it will be to type. Also, I don’t have many followers, so there’s not a lot of point (only 6 and 2 of them are RTM and gCal! – if anyone feels like following @kozarunet, go for it)
    As for the rest of the social stuff, I’m not really into that. I guess I have a facebook, and a blog, but mainly I’m pretty private, so throwing personal stuff out into the void is hard for me.
    I am enjoying twitter tho.

  • Melynda

    I’ve had an account on Twitter for awhile now, but I’ve never used it. I rediscovered it the other night and actually used it, like, twice. Maybe its because I only have one other friend on Twitter (as opposed to the 50+ on LJ and 70+ on myspace) but I don’t use it all that often. Maybe once my vacation is over and I’m back to work I’ll just abuse it. If I remember.

    Social networking sites, though, are a pain. At least that’s my opinion. I have a myspace, which I use to keep in touch with old high school friends and former co-workers who I don’t want reading my Livejournal. I have a facebook which I use for the same reason as my myspace, though mostly different people. It’s nice to be in contact with those people again, but it’s mostly a matter of seeing each other’s pictures on our profile pages, not actually getting back in contact. Maybe that’s just me. It’s probably just me. Since most of the people who have found me (especially on Facebook) are people I would’ve been happy to never talk to again.

  • i didn’t really start using twitter till a friend of mine started doing it, but even then I really didn’t get into it too much. It wasn’t until I got my new iPhone and saw the program Twinkle that I really got into Twitter. It’s definitely a nice way of communicating without finding yourself bogged down into any single conversation for too long of a time. I am a little nervous about how much I am willing do divulge to “strangers” sometimes, but I think that is just a sign of our generation; a sort of openness without ever actually letting people get too personal. On a side note, loved your work in Dr. Horrible and The Guild. I have no idea why it’s taken me this long to become a fan, but I hope to see more of your work in the future, both in the media and twitter :/ Keep up the great work and the best of luck at PAX.

  • I’m fairly new to twitter, but I’m loving it (yes, twitterrific is addictive). In an odd way, it has actually caused me to blog MORE! I think a part of me feels a bit crestfallen when I blog about something I’m really passionate about and then get no indication that it has been read (and I’m never sure if my “x hits” are just me editing my content and refreshing or actual people reading me. Methinks the former.)

    However, even if none of the oh… 8?… people who follow me on twitter say anything to me directly, there’s an “energy” to it that makes me want to write more- maybe not expanding upon the short description of the rose petal black tea I’m drinking right this second (yum), but it definitely fans the writing/creative flames. There’s always a buzz and someone is always writing something.

    I do write fewer text messages now, however…

    As for Facebook and MySpace… they’re almost like dynamic high school yearbooks (I don’t care who you are- sign my wall)! I’m not as interested in them.

  • Omer

    I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate for one moment. 🙂

    While Twitter is great for the reasons you stated, my main fear as someone who genuinely likes to read well written personal blogs is, as you said, “it feels like after I Twitter something there’s no real reason to write a blog about it.”

    A while ago you wrote a blog about your experience at the Landmark theater over here. It basically came down to “get your popcorn right before you go nuts with the fancy stuff”. Either way, it was really funny, well written, and absolutely true (La Brea Bakery pretzels are nice but get the basics right first!). If you were Twittering back then it might have just been something like “ugh, popcorn sucks, getting new bag” and that’s it.

    Is it more work for you? Yes. Am I being selfish wanting more elaborately plotted, funny, entertaining blogs like you used to have? Absolutely. 🙂

    I mean, seriously, the story about the time you were using lotion instead of soap for several months before you realized it, *fucking hilarious*, and it works much better as a story with a beginning middle and end than as a little tweet.

    Tweet away, just don’t forget to blog the good stuff every now and then!

  • You could also have your tweets sent to your blog, using LoudTwitter. That way, your blog readers (but non-twitter users/readers) could still follow along with your daily twitter updates. 🙂

  • @Arlo “After five years, I’m still struggling to figure out the thesis of my own blog, but I’m certain that Twitter wouldn’t be a substitute for it. I write about the events that are going on in my life and value the fact that, years from now, I will be able to go back and reread (and relive) the memories and feelings associated with them.”

    Yep, that’s the same for me too – sometimes I find myself writing something thinking “what’s the point” – and then I think of the times a post has been useful for *me* later on….

    This has included notes about a trip (e.g. recently, I got asked about things to do in Delhi, and could pull information straight away), what was that little ‘bash’ trick? – or it might be ‘what was that thing in the news last year about…’

    I don’t write it *for* me though, I write as if talking to a 3rd party, as me in a few years time is not the same person as me now, and so will need a little more help!

    Of course, from time to time, something does get comments, and that’s cool too, and provides a little oxygen for the site going forward – but it’s not the main motivator, if it were then given the number of comments, why bother?

  • @B!X The problem begins with Felicia’s issue that she previously had her blog installed inside of /blog. Now, she uses the blog as her website but most everyone have since kept their bookmarks/RSS set to feliciaday.net/blog or the dot com one.

    I installed a redirection plugin that redirects on the word blog and so when her permalink had that word in it “micro-blogging” it would not work. It would work when I disabled the redirect so Felicia just renamed the permalink. She will avoid using the word “blog” in her permalinks.

  • korkster (Korki)

    Yes, this is all YOUR FAULT for my insufferable addiction to Twitter. It occurred the week of Comic-Con; people *cough*bix*cough* kept referencing your Tweets and I wanted to know for myself what was going on. So I joined. And therefore, got the joke at the panel. (Yay for me!)

    I like it because I can follow you, Sandeep, the Guild, LoN, & Dr. Horrible on your status & randomness.

    I don’t like it because 140 characters to describe myself isn’t enough. And my friends are levels behind me (just discovered FB & Myspace), so they’re not going to read my status. So what’s the point? I guess to communicate with random geeks who follow each other and to give them a head’s up on what they might like. That’s a plus.

    But I really do enjoy your blogs. They’re the calm in the confusion I sometimes feel at Twitter. I can come here, understand what’s going on, and leave a comment that’s longer than 140 characters.

    And, if I skip a day of internet, I’m not punished here. You’re blogs are not over-whelming me to catch up on, like Twitter is. If I take a 2 hour break from Twitter, I’ll have 8 pages of Tweets to read through. Too much about nothing. This is a break for me.

    Another plus for Twitter, instant link gratifiction. You like something, you post the link to share. Like Vitamin String Quartet, or your crazy yellow shoes (I want some).

    Like both, but enjoy the “meatiness” of your blogs. Of course, now that I think about it, Penny might prefer the vegetarian-Twitter intake. 😉

    Thanks!

    Korki

  • Hi Felicia,

    Re: your over abundance of friends – If I were you, I would make a second account just for your core group of friends. Both on Twitter and on Facebook. That way you can really experience the “social circle” aspect of these programs the way they’re supposed to be experienced, while still also maintaining the social link to your fan base.

    It wouldn’t be “selfish”, I don’t think. Every nerdy gal who loves the Internet as much as we do deserve to experience the social best of it the way it’s supposed to be experienced.

    Also, it’s double the iPhone fun!

    Just a thought. ^_^

  • I love to use http://www.loudtwitter.com/ to post my days worth of tweets in one journal entry. That way even if I don’t blog, at least the little memories are posted, and remembered-automagically

  • Twitter is nice on the go–I like texting updates to things I randomly see while aimlessly wandering the city (omg baby bunnies!!, Lake Michigan has pirate ships!!).

    I like twitter because I don’t feel the need to dedicate an entire blog to one passing thought. Twitter has replaced one-line blogs for me, but it hasn’t really replaced blogging in general. I have way too much fun blogging pictures and starting debates in my blog to stop because of twitter.

    Or maybe I just like to make excuses to see my username everywhere it can possibly go. 😉

  • I use Twitter for quick life updates and as reminders to myself to do follow-up blog posts. I also use it with FuelFrog.com to track my car’s fuel economy.

  • Ziv

    A 1000 friends and you were’nt blocked? these days Facebook blocks everyone who does anything a bit more than they wish, sometimes without warning.
    They also suffer from the worst tech support in the world, its an auto-response saying the same message over and over.
    There is simply no way to return a user, and having put so much work to it, I simply gave up on the whole site alltogether, rather than open a new account.
    Facebook may be a breakthrough but its also horrible to its users.

    Of course, if anyone knows someone who works there, I know I (and dozens of others) would like to talk to them….

  • T’piac

    I got a twitter for two reasons:
    A. I had a trip coming up with no computer access in sight. I needed a way to communicate to friends what was going on and, ya know, if I was kidnapped or something. So they could send Lassie and Batman–duh.
    B. A little someone called Ms. Felicia Day got me addicted.

    It could be teaching me to finally be succinct (unlike my usual long-windedness)and helping me reach out (shy and practically friendless :P). But maybe it’s getting in the way of most people’s actual connections to one another. You get a one or two sentence summary of an event in the moment, but the details, anecdotes, and emotions get lost. *shrug* It works for some. Less so for others.

  • I just don’t get it. I watched the “Twitter in Plain English” video and what it says to me is that Twitter is for things I don’t need to know about my real-life friends, much less people I only know online.

    I’m just not a “social networker”, I guess. From Facebook and MySpace accounts I never check, to an Audioscrobbler…err…Last.fm account I’d forgotten about until Felicia sent a friend request, to my own website and related blog that I only update when I’ve made a significant advancement in one of my projects, I’m just not a guy who feels like he needs to know everything going on in everyone’s life.

    Still, it won’t hurt to give Twitter a try. The worst that’ll happen is that it’ll sit like my MySpace account. ::shrug::

  • I use twitter occasionally but for me its not useful since I only have a few followers. It makes more sense for me to use Facebook.

  • sorry for the subsequent all caps but PLEASE LOOK INTO MY OFFER IF YOU’VE MISSED IT. treadway237@hotmail.com

    I’m on facebook, my loves. I wish y’all the best in the coming season. I know you’ll come through. And I know you know this is the beginning of something. It truly is. I’m on your side. And I can get it out ther, in the proper language! Fun and smart. Those are the two keywords to me.

    Love THE GUILD.

    Dean Treadway

  • I had a friend who got into Twitter about 4 months ago. He encouraged all of the rest of his friends (me included) to join him, but almost no one did. He’s one of those tech-savvy, must-have-the-latest-gadget guys and here again, he was a few steps ahead.

    But finally, a week ago, I got on twitter. I’m loving it! Getting daily tweets from you and Wil Wheaton are so cool. Net-nerd celebs are the best kind! Haha. So I’ll be sitting there playing one of my hordies on Earthen Ring and suddenly I find out Wil’s playing GURPS or you’re eating cookies for breakfast, and it’s fun the way the world shrinks like that, delivering each other’s daily thoughts and amusing minutiae immediately to one’s friends or fans.

    The only problem now is… all my friends are still resisting! And can I blame them? I was once among them. Now I feel my friend’s pain, those 4 months twittering in the dark. At least he and I can tweet at each other for now!

    <3 ya Felicia. 🙂

    Lee

  • Peter

    Thanks, another great post. I will check out tweets like me. I still am wondering if twitter would be an excellent tool to have rolling on a website almost like a chat for the users of your site with similar interest.thetwittersecretcom

  • It’s really very complicated in this active life to listen news on Television, thus I just use world wide web for that purpose, and take the latest news.

  • My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a year
    and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard good
    things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Yes! Finally something about media.

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