Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tim O’Reilly loves Twitter

Here. Once I realized that the only thing I liked about Facebook was the status updates, and that Twitter is simply status updates without all the other garbage, I deleted my Facebook account and started tweeting. I suppose I could develop an elaborate defense of Twitter against its many detractors, but that's too much trouble — I no longer like writing anything that takes me more than 140 characters.

It's curious to me that people complain that Twitter encourages mindless nattering and that it enforces brevity. This is like saying "The food here is terrible — and such small portions." If you're going to natter mindlessly, isn't it best that you're concise about it?
Anyway, I use Twitter because I think it's fun. I really don't have any more of a defense than that.