Back in June, I made the decision to break up with WordPress and post all my new startup ideas to Twitter. Six months later, I’m walking out on Twitter and returning home to my blog.
Like any fling, at first it seemed like a match made in heaven. To heck with all these “words” and “thinking” – with Twitter I could just dash off a few keystrokes and I was done. Twitter fed my innate predisposition towards habitual laziness and instant gratification. And for a while, it was pure bliss.
But like taking a leggy blonde wearing three inch heels on a hiking trip, the practicalities of the situation soon begin to set in.
Shoehorning my ideas into that 140 character box required me to cut out features, water down the functionality, and strip out all of my color commentary (which may not be such a bad thing for many of you).
For example, take this one (from mid-July of this year):
Idea: OneClick – Mobile app, allows users to perform commonly-used, very specific actions in a single click.(i.e. get directions to address)
Now, in my head I was thinking of something like AppBox Pro, which released in September and has been comfortably perched in the top 50 paid apps list ever since. If I had more room, maybe I would have gotten the chance to really sell this vision and possibly even given one of you the inspiration to build something like this yourself. But, instead, I just dashed out the idea in a minute or so and went back to checking myself in the mirror to see if there was any lipstick on my teeth.
As I alluded to in the title, I don’t mean for this to be an indictment of Twitter. I’m still going to be using it regularly for quick status updates or to notify followers when I have a new blog post ready. Like most shiny new things on the Interwebs, it’s all about finding the right tools for the job at hand.
So, what’s next for the blog?
First, I’ve got a handful of Twitter ideas that I’d like to flesh out a bit. Also, my old buddy Paul Graham has posted a few more idea stubs that I want to tackle. I’ll keep doing more of the same ol’ post-an-idea shtick, but I may try to experiment with more practical ideas along with the crazy ones.
And finally…I know it’s against everything that is good and holy in my world, but I’ve actually taken a few trips outside of my ivory idea tower and started coding again.
Thanks for reading, and, Twitter? Keep your chin up, kid. I know it hurts now, but I have a feeling you’re going to be just fine.