Intro to twitter
*had trouble getting on to serendip so here the first blog post!
I wanted to write a response to Alice's general question to Olivia :"On Twitter how do we track back through a conversational thread if we're entering midstream?". Even though this was a question on how to use twitter in the most logical way, this tweet encouraged me to to think about the significance of entering a conversation through twitter. In a physical conversation it is easy to ask for clarifications or to revisit certain parts of the conversation. This differs from tweeting since, at least at first, it is only possible to read certain portions of an ongoing conversation. Similarly, tweets represent only a portion of a person's thought process that can of course be expanded upon but often is left as a short conversation or a standalone comment. Tweeting represents a condensed statement on a larger set of thoughts; because of the limited word count and how tweets are often unanswered, it is easy to enter a dialogue through a very short statement on the topic. Without immediate clarification, individuals can focus on that statement and react to an often incomplete thought. This process has advantages and disadvantages. While it allows for participants to think for themselves about what they read and the chance to easily respond to any conversation online, it also provides an incomplete basis for entering these conversations through receiving partial information. For me, it is difficult to compare twitter to a conversation. Although maybe they are not the same and shouldn't be compared, I feel nervous about relying on twitter as an electronic resource for furthering this new type of conversation. On the other hand, this new type of conversation also provides a way of spreading knowledge and opinions at a faster rate than physical conversations. Either way, I am excited to try entering a new sort of communication and see how I decide to use twitter over time as I grow more comfortable with it.