Remember the days of long winded phone calls, answering machine messages that filled up the entire tape, handwritten letters delivered by snail mail, or worse, horses? Yeah, me either. Those days are fading further and further into obscurity with every day that passes and the simple fact is this: We do not communicate with each other like we used to. At all.
The question then, is why? What is changing and why is it changing? When did the shift from length to brevity take place and will it continue to do so. As far as blame, that’s a bit trickier to pin down but one thing is for certain: Social networks and new social media is walking around with a giant bullseye on its back for playing a major role in exactly how we express ourselves, and how many characters we’re given to do so.
The fact is, status updates and “what’s on your mind” is rapidly replacing email conversations and back-and-forth dialogue. We are all able to now express ourselves in tiny packages, what we’re doing, thinking, feeling and believing in 140 character tidbits. I guess the question is Why? When UPI.com asked FriendFeed founder Paul Buchheit these very same questions, here’s what he had to offer about the changing landscape of communication:
“I think it’s a new form of communication; not quite e-mail, more lightweight and more real time, often with a little bit of a publishing flavor to it…”
Yammer founder David Sacks agreed, saying:
“What people want to do on social network these days is post status updates…We think it’s all people want to do.”
It’s all changing, it’s all happening. How do you feel about it? Careful…you only have 140 characters to answer that…