These days more of what I have to say about the Nokia Internet Tablet gets said via Twitter than at Internet Tablet Talk (and maemo.org).
A blog post usually takes me a couple hours to create, from working out what I have to say to cleaning up the version transmigrated to the forums. A bit less when I don’t make a graphic too. Being shorter — under 25 words — tweets take me only 5 to 15 minutes to compose.
No room for folderol (even though that’s my specialty as a blogger). No visuals expected. One link per item not only suffices but pressures you to say less; two links I’ve never done.
And with my hummingbird attention span, I finish a tweet and soon I’m on to the next think. But I have a couple dozen more-or-less-completed blogs that were never posted for want of the final . . . polish I’m inclined to say, but really it’s more a final galvanizing-to-life. A lot of work for no result.
There’s another reason, which relates to something Krisse posted recently. The world at large is unaware of the NIT’s sterling features, and just explaining what they are serves a real use. But the proportion of NIT owners who are developers is so great that the message is distorted in our forums. It’s like Oxford or Stony Brook — all university, no kindergarten.
So this thought leads me to two others. Is there any practical way for maemo.org to stream Internet Tablet-related tweets along with its other NIT/mameo coverage? (And any desire for people to see it here?) I leave this to the community at large to discuss because I won’t be writing a blog post about it.
I will, however, be writing about whether Twitter might not be the real internet app that the Internet Tablet was made for. The next one, anyway, the one that fits in your pocket, has a keyboard and 800-pixel-wide screen, and connects to the internet wherever you happen to walking around. Instead of today’s thought (“How might maemo.org benefit from Twitter”), maybe the essential issue is how might the Internet Tablet benefit Twitter users.
Twittery graphic from Ryan Putnam at vector.tutsplus.com. Thanks!