The End of an Era: Why I’m Going To Tweet In Non-Haiku Form

When I first joined twitter I didn't get it. I had already been blogging off and on for 5 years on a variety of platforms either built by me or public, and I always had the option of posting short snippets, so I treated it as a joke.

I was intrigued by what the artistic implications were of limiting my thoughts to 140 characters. Immediately, I was reminded of the limitations of haiku, a medium I have been enamoured with since childhood, and on a whim decided to tweet a haiku. Then another. Ultimately I decided to tweet only haiku and it was great fun.

In 2009 twitter was a burgeoning medium that didn't hold much value for me as a technologist (or so I thought), but in 2014 the game has changed. Twitter is increasingly a locale for intelligent public discussion, and I’d like to be a part of that. Forcing my thoughts into haiku has simply become too constraining, so from now on I will allow myself the luxury of syllabic freedom.

Don’t worry, there will still be some haikus in there.

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