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Mar. 16th, 2009

02:24 am - What is Twitter?

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Twitter is like a blog that's all comment section.

Well, sort of. But it does complete this grid nicely:

private public
in-depth e-mail blog
brief IM twitter

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From:natashasoftpaw
Date:March 16th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
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Oooo, I like that way of looking at it :-)
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From:melskunk
Date:March 16th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Agreed :) Which is funny because I rarely READ comments to posts :)
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From:dv_girl
Date:March 16th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I confess that I tend to think of twitter as a combination of the words 'twit' and 'writer'
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From:baxil
Date:March 16th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I'd argue the dichotomies are both insufficient:

tone \ scope individual group broadcast
monologue snailmail ??? blog post
conversation e-mail blog comments Web 2.0*
chat IM IRC Twitter


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* Comments that are user-rated (moderated) on sites above a certain membership threshold: Slashdot, Reddit, etc. Comments the crowd likes are made more visible and comments the crowd likes are made less visible. Compare with traditional moderation, which is done by and for the blog owner.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 16th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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The missing entry, group monologue, would probably be a friends-locked LJ post.
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From:baxil
Date:March 17th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
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That sounds about right.

Also, I'm thinking in hindsight there really is no equivalent for individual/monologue. By definition, if you're talking to a single person with a communications channel that supports two-way interaction, there's an exchange of ideas.

Maybe "anonymous flaming via website 'Contact Us' form."
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From:wbwolf
Date:March 17th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
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Alternately, a group monologue would be TV/radio
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