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My 30-Day Twitter Experiment (Pt 2)

Discovering the difference between "Look at me!" and "Listen to me!"

In Part 1 I shared my reasons for embarking on a one month Twitter experiment, as well as the parameters I set up for myself to help my stay on my goal of "tweeting for the sake of others." In response to my first post, as well as critique of my original piece "Why I Don't Tweet…Not That There's Anything Wrong With It," I had a number of folks argue that Twitter is really no different than blogging. Therefore, why am I so critical of Twitter and not blogs?

Fair question. So let's begin there.

In the primitive ages of social media (circa 2003), sites like Blogger were incredibly popular. But a blog is a medium that says "Listen to me!" and it assumes that the blogger has something to say (at least something more substantive than 140 characters). But what happens when you really don't have that much to say? In truth many early bloggers were attracted to the medium not because they wanted an outlet for their ideas, but because they were looking for social connection or just raw attention. This ...

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