I'm the Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. We launch undiscovered consumer products. It's also the birthplace of Citizen Commerce. I write about design, cultural anthropology, and start-ups, mostly.

Twittering, glittering, on Facebook

I’ve noticed that the type of friend feed status updates I get on Facebook are much more interesting when they get posted via Twitter. People update more often since they are doing it by mobile text, and the content is richer, and a more varied mix of personal and professional stuff. Mainly, the quality goes up because people are posting real-time about what they are actually doing, rather than reporting about past or future events.  Less ponderous, more detailed.

So I switched to feeding my Facebook status via Twitter. But I can’t help wondering, “Who the hell really wants to know all this trivia?’ And then I remember, well, actually I do! I like knowing that Larry Cheung is “birthday partied out”, and Hayward Maben “is enjoying the fantastic weather in San Francisco” and Shergul Arshad “is heading back from the Web 2.0 Expo.” And last week, when Boston finally got some glorious spring weather, the tweets were positively ecstatic. My normally responsible, if not workaholic, friends were bailing out of the office left and right. It made me happy just to read the general Twitter euphoria.  Even if I couldn’t hit the golf course, I liked knowing someone out there was doing it right that minute.

3 Responses to “Twittering, glittering, on Facebook”

  1. Jon Li

    I absolutely concur. And though no longer spring in Boston, the wonderful thing (for me) is the archival aspect of Twitter or Facebook. Whereas my grandparents might have kept tin boxes of seemingly meaningless objects: pins, stones, scraps of messages, I’ve gone about it differently. The meaning and intention behind my grandparents’ sort of collecting/archival is brilliant. And while I might have a tin box in the closet of my own letters, stones, and personal memorabilia, my scraps of ideas/thoughts can also be archived on Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr as public artifacts. Public artifacts to be engaged with or ignored. Whether engagement happens instantaneously or ten months later–like I am doing here responding to you blog–it’s a collaboration/dialogue that in 1800s, two tin boxes from across the country couldn’t have had. I’m constantly reminded of the fragmented poems of Saphos, which were written on clay pots.

    By the way, I just learned about the DailyGrommet–I love it. Great work. Would love to get in learn more.

    Jon Li
    Boston, MA
    Twitter Name: CrowdSproutJon

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  2. julespieri

    Hi Jon, Would love to connect about Grommet and CrowdSprout. On your comment….you might enjoy a thoughtful post on this general topic. It’s by Rob Go at Spark Capital…I am pretty sure you already know him. I like his blog very much. The post is: Social Networking for my “Inner Circle” (Tumblr does not seem to have a Permalink.)

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