I joined Twitter a few days ago!
Here are some of the things I’ve learned, so far:
First, the character limit is fascinating. Totally unanticipated benefit of joining the Twitter universe; I believe that clarity in communication is a goal which is useful to strive for, and an area that I have struggled with, in particular.
How few words can I distill a concept to?
I’ve begun phrasing ‘clarity in communication,’ in my head, as something like: the most meaning packed into the fewest words. And having artificial character limits is surprisingly useful in this endeavor!
The other really big thing I’ve learned is that there are not enough artificial limitations in place to help me keep my brain as active as it could be. Thus, the lack of output yesterday.
I feel like my brain largely thinks about what I expose it to.
And the way social media apps like Twitter work, for me- is by sort of encouraging my brain to think in Twitter terms- to think about what I can post, or who might have already posted something interesting- which usually translates to endless feed scrolling, as people are always posting.
It’s a busy place!
And maybe eventually I will be able to scroll my feed intermittently, but in the meantime, I am endeavoring to gently nudge my brain back into thinking about real life, instead of operating via filtering everything through a Twitter-lens, by writing, but about Twitter itself!
When limitations that aid in growth are not already in place, I must make my own.
So, now- I am going to try to only open the app when I actually have something to say. I am going to retrain my brain.
When I took game design classes back in Santa Cruz, one of the biggest lessons I took home is that fun comes from the obstacles and limitations, not just the game mechanic. It’s what you can’t do that shapes the field and direction, and what you can do that shapes your moves. So this makes sense!
Last time I did twitter, I got too perfectionist, and it left me always looking around my world trying to find ways to sound clever about what I saw, rather than enjoying the moment. Like someone who obsesses over finding perfect photos to capture when they go out into nature, rather than feeling the nature itself.