I just watched an entire interview take place over Twitter between Jamie Gangle, Today Show National Correspondent, and Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Appropriately, the interview was on the use and importance of Twitter.
It’s true, as Newt Gingrich tweets, that Twitter teaches you a new style of writing. And while you may not want to carry over the cryptic Twitter lingo that makes deciphering tweets unbearably difficult, the 140 character limit does force you to write succinctly – something most writers strive for when faced with a maximum word count. The exception, of course, being the college student struggling to complete a report even with 1.25″ margins and double spacing.
Will Twitter be the next great fad of the century – or is it already? Will the once-popular cell-phone privacy scare of being able to be reached anytime anywhere spring up once again? Highly doubtful. Newt Gingrich, for one, seems to be embracing the increasing interconnectedness of the world through technology; something most people of his generation are not ashamed to admit they are behind the times.
Indeed, people now-a-days do not seem to be afraid of a lack of privacy, but a lack of publicity. People have so many ways to be in touch with the world and for the world to be in touch with them that it’s become a common desire and need to feel connected, so as not to be forgotten. This “electronic intimacy,” as Newt Gingrich calls it, is here to stay and Twitter seems to be keeping right in step with society – even if it is only 140 characters with some slightly obscure Twitter lingo (Twingo?).