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The experiment is because I like the short post format, but feel Twitter has some limitations.
I opened my Twitter account on March 23, 2007, but quickly lost interest until recently. As of today, I have made 402 posts.
The concept of short updates has grown on me and I like the sense of community that Twitter now offers.
I feel that I’ve “met” more people through Twitter than blogging or Facebook.
A few weeks ago I made a conscious decision to use Twitter mostly for media-related posts. I actively sought other journalists and editors as friends and followers.
I now have 104 followers and I’m happy with that number. I follow 79 people and I enjoy reading their updates. If there were more it could become difficult to manage.
Most of my followers are friends, fellow bloggers and journalists with a few politicians who follow me because I follow them.
Ironically, as my Twitter usage has become more targeted I feel less comfortable about making bland random posts.
Politicians and editors don’t want to know what I had for breakfast or the score in my daughter’s hockey game.
I expect their posts to be meaningful, so mine should be as well.
That’s where Short Say comes in.
I host the content and control the design. Visitors come because they want to or they stumbled there by accident.
Twitter pushes a post to a reader. A self-hosted site draws readers to the post.
There’s a place for both and I’ve achieved some integration by synchronising all my new Twitter posts with Short Say using a WordPress plugin.
But whereas I’m self conscious about making potentially trivial remarks on Twitter I can write whatever I like on Short Say.
Neither replaces this blog because, by design and definition, the others are for short posts.