In praise of Twitter
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“I love aphorisms. I love reading them, and I want to get better at writing them.”
“How can you do that?”
“The key is constraints [<link; medium read]. Setting a character limit.“
“Like on Twitter?”
“Precisely. Twitter is a beautiful medium for aphoristic writing due to the built-in constraint.
If you follow the right people on Twitter, you can discover lots of great aphorisms.
And by writing on Twitter, you’re forced to get to the essence of what you’re trying to express, thus improve as a writer (and thinker).
I like Twitter’s constraint so much that I’m going to implement a similar feature in the CommonBook [<link; long read] – the digital commonplace book I’m building.
I call it Twitter Mode, which allows you to set a character limit to your notes.”