Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2012 21:28 UTC
In the News A few months ago, I wrote an article about comments, in which I said, among others things, that Twitter can never replace comments because not only is it effectively a one-to-one communication channel, Twitter messages are also far too short to foster any form of coherent conversation. Over the weekend, a silly link-bait story illustrated my point perfectly.
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Twitter can't replace comments
by bowkota on Mon 26th Mar 2012 08:10 UTC
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One thing is clear, that Twitter can't replace comments on a blog or a tech site. It's too brief and this can often lead to misunderstandings.
The Margolis incident isn't one of them. I find that his first tweets had a different tone and style than his longer comment to Techcrunch. I believe he was simply looking for attention and he knew that with those tweets he could get it.
When he got what he wanted, he gave a comment of what actually happened but by then the harm was done as the majority won't update their articles or updates won't be read.
Had he wanted to, he could have just as easily mentioned in his tweets that SJ rejected these ideas back when iOS didn't exist.

Twitter can't replace comments but I believe it's a good alternative. There's too many trolls on the internet and at least with Twitter you can be held a bit more accountable for your actions.
On the other hand, when it comes to criticism of the author it doesn't really matter. If a writer is prejudice or simply writing with a certain purpose in mind, like Paul Thurrott or Dan Lyons for example, they aren't going to change their writing because you pointed out that they're wrong. They're going to keep on writing what they want.

Edited 2012-03-26 08:12 UTC

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