A while back, I came close to sneering at Twitter and how folks were tweeting away. By this time in my life, I should learn that sneering at something inevitably brings me closer to it and leads to an adoption of the subject of my sneer.
(Case in point: when I worked at a Major University in the upper Midwest, I would sneer at those who chose to pursue a second master’s degree rather than a PhD. Ahem. Here I sit, with my two master’s degrees.)
In any case, I’ve been Twittering for a while now. It look some time before I really started to embrace it, but having connected Twitter, Facebook, and Delicious I find myself increasingly drawn to the confluence of information that I’m getting from colleagues and friends.
I’m also finding myself blogging less. I’m not sure that’s a good thing; there’s a limit to how much information can be passed along in 140 characters. (The limit on a Twitter post, for those of you that haven’t jumped in.) However, since I’m using these tools more, I feel as if I’m writing all the time.
Perhaps this is indicative of our society’s decreasing attention span. Perhaps this is that “continuous partial attention” that Linda Stone speaks of.
In any case, I will try to balance all of these tools and will jump over here to actually complete a thought, rather than abbreviate one.
How are all of you handling these tools? Are you abandoning tools you’ve used in favor of new ones?