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interesting read, still turning in my head. three first thoughts:
(1) Saturate before using., or else the good stuff evaporates: Before Twitter became "The Twitter," it was hard to figure out why (not so much how) to use the sucker. Even if it won't become a dominant platform, the underlying concept is more accessible and will likely spread in ways more relevant to more folks.
(2) Choosing between an echo chamber or a shadow box: Trickier. May be a lot of noise and haste to post, but there's a comforting certainty attached to knowing something will stick, bounce around, and ultimately lead to connected dots; points of discovery; and means to stoke content nodes. Beats having only one source, one path, one voice to follow. When it gets to crowded by #hasbeenmetooits that's a good time to put down stakes to improve or cut out to build community and channels elsewhere.
(3) Engagement: Even trickier. Thinking there's many deeper issues of purpose, expectations, and obligations for using such a service (too deep for mid-week). People will engage without ever truly committing. They can commit without every truly participating. They can participate without any true investment in the outcome. Won't matter which place or space?
2 years, 8 months ago on Three Reasons Twitter Is Beginning to Suck
ginidietrich (-: Last year, over coffee, a friend and I listed our respective biggest "duh" moments in life to date, and attempted to graph out what led up to them. In my case, 1994-1998 was the hotbed of cause and effect. Key is to filter, not dismiss, opportunities; stay grounded in purposefulness; and remember the value/quality of relationships not merely to gain connectedness.
2 years, 8 months ago on Advice to Your Younger You
(1) Do not respond to the job offer from March 1996. Follow your dad's advice and wait the extra month.
(2) In April 1997, your best friend will ask you to go to his housewarming party. Whatever you do, skip it and send him that Hickory Farms gift basket you're about to order. He will be pleased, and you can attend the networking party scheduled on the same night you've been avoiding.
(3) Whatever you do, avoid the 1994 New Year's Eve Party. Go home to visit your folks, register for the conference your mom will mention to you before she forgets the details from that friend of a friend.