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Moved "The week in tweets" Out of the Way (Or: The Medium is Part of the Message)

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Moved "The week in tweets" Out of the Way (Or: The Medium is Part of the Message)

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What seemed like a good idea, turned out to not be so. Sure, archiving tweets in a personal place is a reasonably good idea. But mixing twitter-style communication with blog-style communication not so much.

Moreover: trying to comment and give extra context to weekly tweets as a way to produce blog-style content was a bad idea. I found myself without time to do it anyway, and the result was messy. I only realized the messy part when I approached my blog as a reader, by the way.

So, since the mixing was the bad idea but archiving tweets for future reference and better search engine indexing was not part of the bad idea, I came up with an easy fix: My tweets are now being archived on its own separate blog: for week in leo.tweets().

Finally, I've been recently more aware on the fact that on communication, the medium tends to be an important part of a message. This is an important barrier for efforts pursuing unified communications, which see the proliferation of mediums as a problem and aspire to deliver all kinds of messages through a single medium. From a purely abstract standpoint it kind of make sense, but I'm not sold yet that this is a completely good idea in practice. You know, you don't write documents, mails, blog posts, tweets and instant-messages in the same way. More importantly: you don't read them in the same way either.

Not to mention that filtering by medium is a useful search operation when looking for information (e.g.: "look for documents about database systems" or "look for blog posts and tweets regarding the quality of Ergohuman chairs").

I guess there is space for balanced solutions between the current state and the vision that the-medium-is-completely-abstracted-away. But I don't like to predict the future, and this post ends right here, without prophecies. Sorry for that.