Last week, I participated in my first Twitter Chat for the Ross School of Business. The goal was to answer questions on the spot and to provide a little insight into not just our community, but into the resources that we offer.
Having only tweeted a meager 20 or so tweets in my very limited tweeting career, this was not my usual cup of tea. As the hour ticked by, answering questions in 140 characters became an entirely new form of writing that I had to adapt to. How in the world do you say everything you need to say in such a short character count? Thank goodness it reminds you exactly how many letters you have left.
And then I’m left to wonder, do those people with the questions actually get the response and the answers that they were looking for? In business, we always center on short, simple, and concise. Tweeting has got to be as concise as you can get. But do we achieve the balance of content with brevity? What if, one day, we all learn to communicate in less than 140 characters? Will it be because we’ve said all we have to say or because we simply don’t have anything to say to each other?
As we incorporate more and more social media into our lives, I’m starting to wonder exactly how it will actually define our lives. Will we set the rules for our own communication, or will our communication set the rules for how we live?