Not on Twitter please

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In a [https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/7p45yCCDgE2 June 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 proposed "WORDBIT" as an awkward acronym for "WORth Discussing But not on Twitter." But it was too awkward and I haven't used it.
  • I'm still looking for one. Let me know if you notice that a good one is emerging.
  • If I had one, I'd use it often. I'd also link to this page where I can explain myself.

I like dialog, but I don't like oversimplification. In fact, I like dialog in part because it helps us avoid oversimplification.

  • Hence, I don't like dialog on Twitter. Or I don't like it once it reaches the point when serious contributions require more than 140 characters. For more interesting dialogs, that's fairly early in the process.
  • If I'm in a Twitter dialog and someone asks me a question that requires a longer answer, I'd rather shift the dialog to a more accommodating platform than drop it. I'd rather do both than oversimplify my answer.

If I point to this page from one of my tweets, here's what I'm proposing.

  • Send me an email with your full question or objection. I'll reply by email.
  • Post your full question or objection to Google+ and I'll reply. The advantage over email is that others can watch our dialog, and join in, share the URL, and so on.
  • If you'd like, I can start the Google+ thread and you can join it.