Reading Jay Baer’s post yesterday got me thinking about the level of conversation that can actually take place in an environment like Twitter.
How much conversation can come out of fixed 140 character tweets or private messages?
Not much. It can’t even compete with email, let alone phone calls or face to face.
My guess is that people would like it less.
Oh sure they would cram more stuff in, use fewer abbreviations, put more of their character into their tweets. But I don’t expect they would use the extra length to expand on points and ask questions that might create deeper conversations.
Tweeters like the hit and run environment. There is something about the tight constraints of that 140 characters that challenges people and has created its own culture.
Where Twitter doesn’t facilitate conversation is not in the limited number of characters, but in the nature of the dialogue. Twitter can facilitate introductions and chats, start relationships, serve up nuggets, break news…but you have to go somewhere else to go deep: links.
I honestly don’t think users will change their behaviour significantly when invited to become more long-winded.
Making it more Twitter will only make it less Twitter.
What do you think?