August 3, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Only 140 Characters….Really?

How can I possibly make a reasonable well backed up argument in 140 characters? – I seem to spend more time deleting characters and cutting out words than I do actually making my point. That is my main concern with Twitter.  It is quite new to me as although I had signed up for it years ago I never really found a use for it until I started this course.  We hear it is a popular forum in library circles, so I have followed a few people and tweeted a few random things myself, but I am yet to be convinced of its value.  Last night I tried my first Twitter chat by joining the #auslibchat about library fines.  I found it a little dissatisfying.  It felt like everyone could make a short statement of their view, but no one could get in to any deeper discussion, however this could well have been due to the fairly uninspiring topic rather than the chat format itself.  I look forward to seeing how the Twitter chats develop as we get in to some more meaty topics in the next few weeks.


  1. Bec
    August 5, 2016 - 10:45 am

    I was in that twitter chat too! I’m pretty sure we liked a few of each other’s respective Tweets, which is nice. 🙂 I kind of agree that library fines and overdue fees was a little uninspiring, but really how inspiring can a disciplinary system be? It did prompt some interesting (but brief) reflections on the evils of money and those in our community with less, who depend on library services for so much.
    But I definitely think that your dissatisfaction with the medium comes back to what Kirsty Kitto was saying on Monday about Twitter being a system more useful for triggering ideas, maybe a little exploration.

  2. Kylie Burgess
    August 5, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    I love your take on Twitter, Sharee. I might be a little starry-eyed when I think of Twitter so it’s great to hear your perspective. I hope topic with a little more meat to it and a group of motivated Tweeters will mean our IFN614 chats are a little more eventful than the one you saw the other night.

  3. Neil McNaught
    August 6, 2016 - 7:39 am

    Hey Sharee,

    Much like yourself I signed up for Twitter a while back and left it unused gathering dust. It’ll be interesting to see how things go as the weeks progress.

    I think it would be very difficult to make a solid argument in 140 chars. You could just tweet multiple times, make a 280 char argument over 2 tweets, but that kind of feels like cheating or not using the correct platform in the first place. I am certainly not looking forward to my stint as the Twitter Chat Champion.

    But Twitter must be popular for a reason, eh? I think the more we use it the more valuable it will become to us.

    Best o’ luck

  4. Nura Firdawsi
    August 6, 2016 - 6:58 pm

    Hi Sharee, I agree that it seems like it will be difficult to make a well thought out argument with such limited space. I haven’t yet participated in any Twitter chats so I am interested to see how my first one goes and hopefully with a different topic you will enjoy the next one.

  5. Chloe Delaney
    August 7, 2016 - 12:22 am

    Hi Sheree, I definitely agree that it is hard to post with so few words! I participated in the library chat too, and the amount of times I had to backspace was crazy, but I guess it is good practice to learn how to be concise? I like your blog theme too.

  6. Karina Rivett
    August 7, 2016 - 4:04 am

    I completely agree Sharee, I really don’t feel like Twitter is a media that’s conducive to in-depth discussions, especially between more than two people! Between the character limit and how difficult it can become to keep track of conversations when multiple people are involved, I’m not quite sure how well it’ll work this semester!

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