I was checking out ExecTweets, a new service by Federated Media and Microsoft that allows Twitter users to easily find and follow prominent business figures' TweetStreams. Why would one want to do that? When I look at who I follow on Twitter, it's mostly people I know and a few I don't but whose tweets I find either funny or interesting. Twitter is very useful as a "status update" tool. But I find efforts to say more through Twitter a bit forced.
Then I looked at sample tweets from the executives ExecTweets offers:
"When a door of happiness closes, another opens. Often we look at the
closed door, we do not see the one that’s been opened." – Helen Keller
All times are times of uncertainty. We just notice it sometimes more
than others because something big shakes us from our complacency.
To me, it looks like the executive tweeters are broadcasting their thoughts and ideas in 140-character long bites. Or, trying to… Is this a usable format, or are we squeezing the ideas into the constraints of a soon-to-be obselete technology, the SMS? Paul Graham broadcasts his ideas in thoughtful, edited essays. Could I follow Paul Graham on twitter and understand his ideas? I very much doubt it.
But quotes play an important role in communications. They package ideas into more-easily-transportable packages. The top quote sites enjoy (surprising to me) very high traffic numbers.
I wonder how the idea quality is effected by these new forms of packaging?