There’s been a lot written about the use of Twitter for writers, and for folks who think in words.
As others have said before me, Twitter helps you distill your ideas, refine your thinking, and polish what you want to say into less. If you used to think in words, now you may think in Tweets.
Although the ideal novel or non-fiction tome may not be 140 characters (or it may be, as this recent round-up of 140 character novels by The Guardian showed!), learning to edit your words is a key tool for any great writer.
On the heels of the ongoing proof about the power of Twitter for those writer-brained folk, I loved this article from Media Bistro about why smart people prefer Twitter to LinkedIn and Facebook.
“To really engage with Twitter requires lateral thinking and attention. It’s an ever-changing, information sharing platform and does require a greater degree of attention, concentration and the ability to retain, organise and apply information And to drill down a complex thought into 140 characters or fewer requires problem solving skills and clarity of thought,” she said.
Now, before you get up in arms and argue that I’m saying only dumbos do well in Facebook, take note: I’m not.
Instead, what I am saying (and what this article points at), is that Twitter may be a more intellectual tool than other social networks, forcing you to create and cull great content, refine your thinking, and polish your words.
Yes, some of these things exist on Facebook, and to a lesser extent on LinkedIn, but overwhelmingly Facebook proves a place to chat with people you know (about what happened at work, what your kids did last night, what restaurant you want to check out, and what cute shoes you’re wearing), and LinkedIn proves a place to network with those you want to work with (i.e. “I’m a brainy PR exec looking for a job in a fast-paced firm. Might you be willing to chat with me for 10 minutes to tell me what it’s like to work at XXX”?).
Twitter, in contrast, pushes the envelope on creative content creation and consumption.