Loose Threads

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Over the last few years, the thread has become a Twitter staple. Serving as a bridge between old-school blog content and the instant impact of a tweet, the thread is a middle-ground for explorative content.

The restriction of a character limit emphasised brevity. Skill was required to deploy ideas with nuance, and the blog option remained for the true writer. The thread revealed itself to have the benefits of neither.

It wasn’t a scorching shower to warm up from a frost, nor was it a cold splash to wake you up. The thread is lukewarm. It neither leaves you wanting, nor invites commentary.

Threads give you instant validation without necessary due diligence. A character limit forces you to choose to offer something substantial, but accept the scope is too great.

The appearance of a thread is now presumed ex ante to confer knowledge and wisdom, before a tweet is read. This is an appeal to consensus, a common means to acquire validation.

Consequentially, there is no requirement to produce information aligned to the facts, because the consensus element can and will be prioritised. If I sub-communicate that I am providing value, the value does not fall into question.

If the value is questioned, the position adopted is often seen as anti-consensus, rather than viewed correctly — as attempting to strengthen the quality of the information provided. This is the level of interpersonal detachment that accompanies jumbled information.

Information is valuable when presented accurately; when the rendition of the truth and logical qualities is put ahead of the image of authority. It is a prevalent condition to seem like an authority on Twitter, and that without this image you have nothing to offer.

This is a lie, embedded deep in the neuroses of self-improvement culture, that being someone else is more important than being you. If the stance of authority comes, it should be organic, because you cared more about the pursuit of the truth, than the pursuit of showing it.

Writing threads therefore, is not the problem, but it is a tool that must be understood. Should you not have considerable subject expertise, a thread should be explorative, not declarative.

Don’t be so quick to pronounce your wisdom with information that is not tied to considerable experience; explore it in public instead. Seek the opposite of the trend and present your ideas with a mixture of curiosity and humility.

That invites the opportunity for people to help you further your understanding.

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