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* If I point to this page from one of my tweets, then I'm proposing one of these ways to follow up, whichever you like best.
 
* If I point to this page from one of my tweets, then I'm proposing one of these ways to follow up, whichever you like best.
 
*# [mailto:peter.suber@gmail.com Send me an email] and I'll reply by email.
 
*# [mailto:peter.suber@gmail.com Send me an email] and I'll reply by email.
*# If you have a blog that supports comments, post your question to your blog, [mailto:peter.suber@gmail.com let me know about it], and I'll post a comment. Or if you'd like, I could start the thread on [https://suber.pubpub.org/ my blog] and you could post your comments there.  
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*# If you have a blog that supports comments, post your question to your blog, [mailto:peter.suber@gmail.com let me know about it], and I'll post a comment.
** Here's an [https://web.archive.org/web/20170810134605/https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/Mx3eCDyebjY example] from when I blogged at Google+. (I don't have any examples from [https://suber.pubpub.org/ my PubPub blog], which launched in May 2020.)
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*# I have a [https://suber.pubpub.org/ my blog that supports comments]. I could start the thread there, and you could post your comments.
** If you want the dialogue to be public, the blog option is better than the email option. It lets others watch our dialogue, join in, share the URL, and so on. Our back-and-forth could be as public and participatory as on Twitter, but we wouldn't have to stultify ourselves. Moreover, the blog discussion could link to the originating Twitter thread, and the Twitter thread could link to the blog discussion.
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** Here's an [https://web.archive.org/web/20170810134605/https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/Mx3eCDyebjY example] of the third, from when I blogged at Google+. (I don't have any examples from [https://suber.pubpub.org/ my current blog], which launched in May 2020.)
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** If you want the dialogue to be public, the blog options are better than the email option. They let others watch our dialogue, join in, share the URL, and so on. Our back-and-forth could be as public and participatory as on Twitter, but we wouldn't have to stultify ourselves. Moreover, the blog discussion could link to the originating Twitter thread, and the Twitter thread could link to the blog discussion.
 
* I'm sorry if the tweet that brought you here seemed unfriendly, because it didn't answer your question and pointed to another page. As you can see, the purpose was to invite further discussion, not shut it down.  
 
* I'm sorry if the tweet that brought you here seemed unfriendly, because it didn't answer your question and pointed to another page. As you can see, the purpose was to invite further discussion, not shut it down.  
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If I referred you to this page from one of my tweets, then I'd like to follow up what we were discussing. But Twitter didn't give us the space to do it well, or even the space to talk about alternatives. — Peter Suber.

 

Worth discussing but not on Twitter

  • In a July 2016 blog post, I asked, "Is there a well-understood hashtag or abbreviation that means: Worth discussing but impossible on Twitter?"
  • At the time there wasn't one. I half-seriously proposed a bad one, WORDBIT, for WORth Discussing But Impossible on Twitter. I haven't used it and I'm still looking for something better. Let me know if you see a good one emerging.
  • If I had one, I'd use it in many of my Twitter threads, while linking to this page where I can explain myself.

Dialogue without oversimplification

  • I like dialogue. I like responding to questions and objections when I can, including questions or objections about my own work. But I don't like oversimplification. In fact, I like dialogue in part because it helps overcome oversimplification.
  • Hence, I don't like dialogue on Twitter. Or I don't like it once it reaches the point when serious contributions require more space than Twitter provides. For most topics worth discussing, that's very early in the process.
  • If I'm in a Twitter thread and someone asks me a question that requires a response too long for Twitter, I'd rather shift to a more accommodating platform than oversimplify or fall silent. That's what this page is about.

Shifting to a more accommodating platform

  • If I point to this page from one of my tweets, then I'm proposing one of these ways to follow up, whichever you like best.
    1. Send me an email and I'll reply by email.
    2. If you have a blog that supports comments, post your question to your blog, let me know about it, and I'll post a comment.
    3. I have a my blog that supports comments. I could start the thread there, and you could post your comments.
    • Here's an example of the third, from when I blogged at Google+. (I don't have any examples from my current blog, which launched in May 2020.)
    • If you want the dialogue to be public, the blog options are better than the email option. They let others watch our dialogue, join in, share the URL, and so on. Our back-and-forth could be as public and participatory as on Twitter, but we wouldn't have to stultify ourselves. Moreover, the blog discussion could link to the originating Twitter thread, and the Twitter thread could link to the blog discussion.
  • I'm sorry if the tweet that brought you here seemed unfriendly, because it didn't answer your question and pointed to another page. As you can see, the purpose was to invite further discussion, not shut it down.