Richard Ng

Tech, education, startups, D&I

🧑‍🌾 You're in my digital garden - a tangled web of incomplete and rough thoughts.

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  • Add link to MA's history of the digital garden 1/2/21
  • Contrast Twitter to digital garden 1/2/21
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  • Add more notes 12/31/20

Twitter

I'm still figuring out how to get the most out of Twitter. (I

, but I don't regularly consume or create Tweets.)

It seems like a big time sink, lots of noise - sometimes, people making noise and not necessarily getting much done - but I know some people seem to get a lot out of it, so I'm still weighing up whether I should invest time in it or not.

One of the things I find difficult about Twitter is a sense of inhibition I have on there - I feel an enormous pressure to e.g. try to get loads of likes/retweets on anything.

and activates my tendencies.

On the other hand, I'm finding creating

- where things are actively unfinished, where it's entirely my own space, where I have control over the connections I make - far more freeing.

's lovely has an interesting spectrum outlined, which runs from 'chaos streams' (like Twitter) to 'cultivated performance' (like books and research papers). She situates roughly in the middle of this spectrum.

I think it's extremely useful to consider how

sits within this spectrum, but I'm not sure that Maggie's specific one-dimensional spectrum resonates with me. It seems to me that a lot of people are extremely performative in their approach to Twitter (carefully constructing and scheduling tweet-threads, or whatever you're meant to call them).

I don't think performative writing is an ipso facto bad thing, to be clear - I enjoy performative blog writing, for example; I just don't personally seem to enjoy performative tweet writing. Maybe I'll get into it, though.


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