I’m a big user of both Del.icio.us, the social bookmarking system (it powers QuakerQuaker and the daily posts of links) and Twitter, the “micro-blogging” system that puts mini-messages into Quaker Ranter (currently with a brown woodsy boxes). They both serve different purposes for me and have different styles. Well, I just realized I had written a Deli.icio.us post in a Twitter style.
I was bookmarking a new post by Dave the “Quaker Agitator,” who’s looking for help writing a small grant. I left a minor comment and bookmarked the post in Del.icio.us. I try to do that for most comments so that I can go back later and see if any interesting conversation took place in the meantime. This time though I made an appeal for readers directly through the Del.icio.us description: “The Quaker Agitator is looking for help writing a small grant. Any Ranter readers able to lend a hand?” I did this knowing that a few hundred sympathetic readers will see this tomorrow morning when the links go up. It’s probably a moot point as the Quaker Agitator has a much larger audience of sympathetic readers.
But stylistically it’s an example of a culture of a new media form starting to change an older form. This is a common phenomenon in this fast-moving Web 2.0 world. Whether my Del.icio.us style will adapt or not I don’t know. It’s just an observation for now.