It is easy to fall out of the habit of blogging, or moreover it is difficult to get started on a regular basis. First there is the question of voice. Like everyone I have multiple interests images, the business of stock photography, camera and computer gear, internet use, plus travel, culture and people. Not everyone is interested in everything.
It is a real challenge then to have something interesting and worthwhile to say and try to say it succinctly. But here goes.
There’s a fascinating post by Taylor Davidson on Why should photographers use Twitter?
It takes a while playing around to develop a set of followers and people of similar interest you follow and for conversations to emerge. With realtime conversation you can watch and quickly reply. You have to do it in 140 characters which makes you succint. People following you see your tweet in their stream immediately. Others see it if it shows up in search.
The back and forth with many other photographers and editors, web developers is very rapid. Jack needs a Chicago assistant, Sam is shooting in San Francisco, Jim posts a quick link to an article and discussion follows.
I didn’t attend the South by Southwest Interactive conference this year but it was fascinating to see some of the presentations and discussions on the future of the web.
The immediacy is startling. Last night, a software company announced with great fanfare a closed beat of their new photo-critique community site snapend.com. I got an invite in a few minutes, but before uploading read the Terms of Service (you do read TOS don’t you?). “All uploaded images become part of the Creative Commons Public domain. I tweeted it, quickly it went around and the TOS were changed in an hour with a public apology “now we know how Facebook felt“
Twitter is not just another site, nor really a community in itself. Fundamentally it is a raw infrastructure that facilitates conversation, just like Google facilitates search (and Google isn’t a community either).
The conversations take place among thousands of different communities; in fact each user has his own community of follows and followers, which more or less overlap among like-minded people.
These posts I found particularly helpful.
Lastly there’s: David Sanger on Twitter