140 characters is too few

“Twitter” rhymes with “fritter” and that’s what I’ve done–frittered too much time away following other people’s interests. The stream of information is compelling, but my continuous-partial-attention time slicer doesn’t slice thin enough for me to follow your tweets while I do my stuff.

Yet online connection and conversation enriches me. It’s my intention to follow Bill Meloney’s lead back to IRC. More than 140 char, real time, meaningful engagement, no pR0n spammers…

Yesterday Bill posted this:

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I’m going back to IRC … See you there.

If you are old(er) like me you will remember the communities in IRC. You will remember the conversations. You will remember the friends…and the feuds. You will remember when groups of people talked with each other in near-real time. You will remember full sentences. But most of all you will be a member.




I cannot promise that I will be on all the time – I do have a real job and some semblance of a life. I can promise that if you catch me there we can share more than 140 character blurts.

Posted by William “Papa” Meloney at 7:04 AM 0 comments Links to this post

The last few years I’ve lost track of a lot of the things I value about personal web publishing and the interpersonal connectedness associated with staking a claim on my own chunk of that notional environment we call cyberspace. My bad.

Here’s a Byrds tune that comes to mind…

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4 comments on “140 characters is too few
  1. Doug Alder says:

    Frank – the problem with IRC (and I used to be big user of it – especially after FidoNet more or less disappeared) is, and has always been, the script kiddies DOSing you to kick you off etc ad naseum. It’s the reason why so damn few data centres (and not the one I work for) will allow IRC on their networks now – it’s just to much trouble. There’s also all the illegal activity that goes on – another reason dcs don’t want it on their network – large multinational clients are very sensitive as to who they share their physical space with.

    • fp says:

      Interesting, Doug! I think I’d like to learn more about the outlawry that goes on there. Mebbe a big blog scoop there.

  2. Well, although I was never a big IRC doer, I do miss the old days when we were a part of an identifiable blogging community. I do not do Twitter for the very reasons you cite (although I do follow b!X’s meanderings on it just to keep up with his so-called life.

    It was good to hear from you on my blog. I know that you’ve had some bad times and am glad to see that you are still out there kickin’. Extending your family to include a daughter-in-law (and maybe, eventually, grandkids) is a wonderful energizer.

    We are both in a new stage of our lives, adjusting to health situations that too often happen with aging.

    Hang in there, friend. And I will make a point of keeping in touch here.



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