It all started by a Tweet by @Leolaporte RTed by @JeffJarvis stating :
“@leolaporte divorces Buzz, remarries blog. http://bit.ly/biLJzS
@leolaporte: “4 yrs on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce & Buzz has been an immense waste of time.” http://bit.ly/biLJzS
@leolaporte: “I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves.” 3/3
I agree with @leolaporte. I regret neglecting my blog for the fleeting pleasure of Twitter, etc. http://bit.ly/biLJzS”
As an IT/IP lawyer, I have been watching Twitter closely since last year, which explains my deep interest in the comparison, Buzz-Twitter alike vs blogging.
Jeff Jarvis and Leo Laporte consider they have invested too much time on social media such as Buzz and Twitter where Leo Laporte felt he ‘was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear ‘ him.
When asking Charles Arthur, The Guardian’s Technology editor and active member of Twitter who usually openly interacts with other members, his opinion was ‘LaPorte has different priorities from other people.’
Very true, they are different expectations. I would add that what you get depends on what you bring.
I quite share @RyanGallagher’s view who twitted: “@jeffjarvis I think that if Leo had interacted more with his audience/followers, he might have gotten more value out of these services.”
Nevertheless, as I suggested at the beginning of the discussion on Twitter, Twitter could be ‘la femme infidele’ where the blog is ‘la femme legitime’.
Jeff Jarvis took this for himself and twitted:
“Twitter is a mistress.”
“A blog is a marriage.”
“Facebook is a family.”
@shackett bring the extended family : “@jeffjarvis… MySpace is the stepson from your wife’s first marriage”
In a short time, Leo and Jeff had started an active threat on Twitter and so many RTed (repeated the Tweet) Jeff Jarvis’ translation Tweet of la femme infidele vs la femme legitime.
Now, what’s interesting is that when you blog, even when you have the audience of a media-expert such as Leo Laporte, you would not reach that level of celebrity with such a wide audience around the globe.
What is magic with Twitter is its simplicity of use, its audience and its ease of spread news, ideas, as well as deeper thought by put links to websites in the the short messages.
This is what made me tweet ‘Maybe Twitter is the vitrine to the shop/museum/ blog ?’ SM / blogging are two different experiences, very complementary, they both need each other.
My Twitter friend, David Flint @dfscot, Scottish Lawyer, added: “@clarinette02 @leolaporte Without Twitter etc, the blog is like the tree that falls in the wood when no one is there to hear it fall.”
And yes, I have to admit for a small apprentice blogger like me, the benefit of Twitter is to drag its audience to a personal blog where ideas are further developed.
I have the feeling that I have facilitated many connections between UK / US / French / German & Spanish bloggers through Twitter. I could meet first virtually, then in real life, many other lawyers working on social media involved, connections that could not have been made without the tool.
Not all Tweets are ephemeral; some that are more profound or of greater interest will be spread out, reproduced, repeated, or blogged about. I have the impression that Twitter facilitates a wider cross-border audience than a blog. I might have met more contacts from abroad than I would have if I had just blogged. This is not only true geographically. Twitter is a big melting pot of ideas.
You learn and take. I’m not talking about the ideas that you take without acknowledging the author, which is against the netiquette. On Twitter & elsewhere you “Listen. Learn. Reciprocate.” as tweeted @michelemclellan, the Chicago based Journalist. Whilst “if primarily broadcasting or promoting, missing deeper value of conversation”.
@digiphile, Alex Howard, Tweeted to
@Chanders “Social media has connected me with you & thousands of others. On that basis alone, it’s been valuable. Far from the only one.”
I join @digiphile tweeting to @jeffjarvis “Agreed, though I don’t see that as binary either. Many topics deserve more digestion & less ephemerality. Value in conversations.”
This is so true, and I am so grateful of Twitter to have connected me to my 2.600 followers even if I have privacy concerns with social media.
@mathewi is right to think that “Leo comparing blogs and Twitter seems a bit like complaining that a spoon is not a fork: http://bit.ly/cdyVZA — different tools“.
I am still wondering if Twitter is the right marketing tool for lawyers.