πŸ“‘ ‘Expert Twitter’ Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

Bookmarked ‘Expert Twitter’ Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs (Wired)

To ensure readers get the latest, best information on Covid-19, pandemic experts need to go back to the early days of Web 2.0.

Cal Newport questions the limit of tweets and threads to communicate complex and changing content. He instead calls for a return to blogs to support these conversations.

Twitter was optimized for links and short musings. It’s not well suited for complex discussions or nuanced analyses. As a result, the feeds of these newly emerged pandemic experts are often a messy jumble of re-ups, unrolled threads, and screenshot excerpts of articles. We can do better.

We need to augment social platforms with a surge in capacity of the original Web 2.0 technology that these upstarts so effectively displaced: blogs. We need WordPress-style sites featuring both easy-to-update static pages and chronological posts. These sites could be hosted by institutions with some degree of public trust and a reasonable technology infrastructure, such as universities, medical centers, and think tanks. Some mild gatekeeping could be performed on the experts granted blogs by these institutions, and critically, IT support could be provided so that the experts could start publishing with minimal overhead. If possible, there would be a similar look and feel to these sites hosted at various institutions, providing the sense that they all belong to the same cohesive extended information network.

This touches on something I wrote a few years ago about canonical URLa few years ago about canonical URL, while Chris Aldrich’s recent presentation for the PressEd ConferenceΒ  provides a useful guide/model.

What is sad and confusing are the people who publish great threads while leaving their WP.com site lying dormant. At the very least, users could copy the unrolled thread and past the content in a space they somewhat manage and have the ability to update?

One response on “πŸ“‘ ‘Expert Twitter’ Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs”

  1. Replied to β€˜Expert Twitter’ Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs by Aaron Davis Aaron Davis

    What is sad and confusing are the people who publish great threads while leaving their WP.com site lying dormant. At the very least, users could copy the unrolled thread and past the content in a space they somewhat manage and have the ability to update?

    I was joshing about that last night:

    RE: I have no time to blogRE: I have no time to blog

    There are a ton of great resources and ideas for teaching zooming past on twitter at the moment. It would be great for some to go to a slower stream or garden.

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