The Writing and Communication Process in Facebook and Twitter

Thanks to cmduke, my twittering pal, I have now discovered the perfect word to describe the communicative event: ambi-synchronous.  My genre colleagues will love this 🙂

I’m still learning what I can and cannot say on twitter.  I love the economy of signs/text, I love the interaction, I am fascinated with the different identity styles being played out in progressive 140 character tweets over time.

Next stop: twittervision

And Facebook is still feeling like a space to play.  My niece makes family jokes to me on my wall. My cats (which haven’t even arrived yet into my rl home for another couple of weeks) already have their own catbooks and are friends with the cat belonging to Kate in the US.  Its all making me LAUGH a lot and because I am enjoying it I am getting into the spirit of it by adding all sorts of weird and wonderful applications to share.  I am receiving the most thoughtful fabulous virtual gifts from friends (who clearly know me well given the nature of the gifts), and generally discovering new layers to people’s identities – in turn bringing communities closer together.

Its difficult to find time to really play as much as I liked – I wanted to develop a gorgeous habitat for my adopted pet, but that means running about petting other people’s pets before the kharma returns in the form of munney.

Please, dear readers, be patient with the ramblings of a newbie here as I get into both and then analyse them to death 🙂

But those who are expert twitters, was it “wrong” or a bit too “out there” for me to report news of absolutely no interest to my followers?  Where do I go to get more followers? What is the art of the 140 character solicitation? All these questions and more….

Am beginning to collect links about facebook by bloggers, anybody recommend any?

3 thoughts on “The Writing and Communication Process in Facebook and Twitter

  1. On the subject of Twitter: the key, for me, is to limit your communication to that 140 chars. Some people split a comment across multiple tweets, and that just does not make sense to me. I’ve been known to remove people from my list who do that, it’s pointless, I may miss some “parts” of the comment.

    I’m still getting into Facebook, so I shall follow your experiences with interest.

  2. I’d be wary of making any Rules of Tweeting… its left as an experiment to try different modes, but it also hinges on if you are trying to illicit a response (a vague tweet, open to question), maybe to provoke, just trying to be funny or plain silly, more or less announcing (“I just won the Pulitzer”), sharing a resource via URL… And then there is the acknowledgment type tweet, maybe to respond to something you missed in the back stream, or just to reach out and “ping” someone.

    And I’m with Andy- I chop word to get a single idea to one tweet, though I may dash 2 or 3 in a row.

    There’s no real harm in trying some different styles, approaches, finding what feels “right” to you.

  3. Pingback: On Facebook and Twitter: more from me and my new friends « Angela A Thomas

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