I've been thinking a lot lately about all the myriad ways that we use to communicate online. There's Facebook, and Twitter, and blogs, and IM, and email, and oh my god how does anyone EVER get anything done, seriously, the end. I do a lot of writing in both short and long form for both my job and for fun, and here's a few insights that I've gleaned.
Long form writing is sometimes inhibited by short-form writing, but not always. I believe firmly in the adage "never use two words where one will do", and Twitter has made my writing more concise.
Here's the thing: I LOVE a good one-liner.
Facebook updates/Twitter are one-liners you can think of in advance,
edit, and get just perfect. The flip comment that you delivered a bit
wrong, the insult you think of that night in the shower. Flickr sort of
falls under here for me, too. I love a comment like a good comment
Medium-form writing is what I use here, trying to say something that simply can't be communicated in 140 characters.
Long-form...well, you'll just have to wait to see my novel.
Do you think Twitter is the end of better, longer blogging? Is longer better? (...heh.) Is blogging the end of traditional media? Or can we all just get along?