Is Twitter the new blogging?
Deaglán de Bréadún
Is Twitter the new blogging? As I write, I suspect I am already behind the curve and that geeks and nerds are laughing their hollow little hearts out all over cyberspace.
Maybe it is the 140-character limit on Twitter that makes it so appealing. A blog-post is like a piece of string, you can go on forever.
Politicians like Twitter because they can publicise their latest activities without having to give any great rationale for what they are doing.
They are also very busy people, although it often strikes me that a good deal of what they do is quite irrelevant, even to the great cause of re-election.
Some time ago I started a Twitter account (@ddebreadun) and, as the then-Queen said when bouncing up and down on her royal husband’s back in The King’s Speech, it is “rather fun”.
It gives me a chance to vent my spleen over the sloppy use of language: “refute” where it should be ”reject”; “referenda” where it should be “referendums”; etc.
Twitter gives me a chance to get in touch with my inner curmudgeon!