I’m working on a book: The 100 Most Interesting Conversations I’ve Had This Year is the working title. Over the course of pulling material together I’ve learned that the web, in particular Twitter, speaks slowly, contrary to the popular feeling that everything is fast and shallow online. Unlike face-to-face chat, the call and response are spread out, sometimes over days, so unless I am quiet and patient and listening carefully I’ll miss what’s being said. The patterns aren’t that obvious if the time frame is short. Here, for example: These tweets came in on three different days; there are clearly some people in the room having an interesting conversation about time.
(I’ve talked about time before in another context, Taking the (too) short-view view of education reform.)