Why Twitter Needn’t Be Trivial

John Rentoul

twitter 300x225 Why Twitter Neednt Be TrivialIt is a small example, but it stuck in my mind. On Thursday last week, Janan Ganesh, the Financial Times journalist, biographer of the Chancellor and forecaster who predicted (sort of) Mark Carney’s appointment as Governor of the Bank of England, said this on Twitter:

Many who defend Brixit on basis that we can be global also back migrant cap. A global hub with purely national labour supply. Good luck.

Brixit, or Brexit, is an ugly short form of “British exit from the EU”, but Ganesh won style points back for avoiding the clichéd “Good luck with that”. A good example of the benefit of the discipline of the 140-character limit.

My friend Luke Bozier replied:

How about a global hub with a labour supply from where we want it, within our rules and according to our needs and criteria?

I thought this was a fine example of why Twitter is so good. It requires people to express themselves succinctly. Contrary to many people’s assumption, this can enhance the quality of debate. Whether you agree with Ganesh or Bozier, theirs is an important debate, and there summarised in just 49 words.

More news from Twitter here, including its CEO’s promise that all users will soon be able to search their entire archive, and the startling statistic that it took three years after its launch in 2006 for Twitter to reach a billion tweets, which is the number now sent every two and a half days.

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