Twitter is not the savior of the human race, nor will Twitter save the environment. Twitter is actually an exceptionally “feature-lite” micro-blogging tool that gets far more press and praise than it really deserves…
In essence, Twitter is little more than the educated half-cousin of the status update option in Facebook. But even within such an apparently limited remit, Twitter has its merit-worthy moments.
So when M.G. Siegler talked up the idea of Twitter being used a tool for political debate, I could barely withhold my contempt.
I’m not slighting him, because on the face of it — and quite apart from specifics of micro-blogging platforms — he’s offering up a fair idea.
But this is exactly the kind of infectious mania that people are being swept up by — Twitter as a cure for AIDS, a declaration for world peace and a method of relieving trapped wind, among other pending claims, I’m sure.
I know! Why don’t we write out the acceptance speech of the next president of the United States of America on the back of a match box? No wait, let’s send the entire Library of Congress as SMS text Twitterings to each other?
Unless we really want to push serious political debate into the ghetto of sound-bite hell that is the character limit of Twitter, then yeah .. go for it!
Otherwise, let’s use a proper micro-blogging platform like Pownce, where you can do really weird stuff like reply to comments.
Imagine that. What a novelty that would be…