Cross-media conversations

What occurred to me today is actually something that occurred to me separately a long time ago: conversations occur across platforms without any of the participants batting an eye.

Ok, in this case I eventually batted eyes, hence the blog post. The other day, Clarence Smith posted this on Twitter:

dykc coco

Being a smartass, I responded:

dough coco

Clarence responded, seamlessly, via Facebook:

facebook

You’ll notice he pointed out to me that he jumped to Facebook from Twitter to carry on the conversation. So, I posed the question to the Twitter network, and here are a few of the responses:

Twitter responses

What’s the point? The platform is not only less important than the conversation and the community, but we can take on and dispose of these media midstream. Again, this is really nothing new, but in this age of instant social networks, the shifting from platform to platform is more common, and in my case at least, easy to absorb.

What is your take? Do you have cross-platform conversational experience? Comment below.

Or Twitter

Or leave a message on my Facebook wall.

Or ask a question in LinkedIn.

Or use Utterz to post an audio response with photos.

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6 Comments

  1. I’m constantly jumping from twitter to gmail to take my conversations longform. I like to write a decently lengthy screed when I’m passionate about a topic, and direct messages just don’t let me do that.

    I’m looking forward to the day when gmail just knows the email addresses of my flickr contacts so I don’t have to go look it up myself :)

  2. But you can start a Flickr conversation in comments, connect via Yahoo! mail then cross over to GMail at a convenient point. Then, you can create a voice follow-up via Skype with a real-time chat back-channel, and file an Utterz post narrating a short video with SEO-friendly text as well, which simultaneously points to your blog, Twitter and Facebook. But wait, your blog feed already goes into Twitter, so scratch that part of it, you’re covered.

    Meanwhile, the wife is on line 1 telling you what to bring home for dinner and the kid is texting your cell asking you if he can skip dinner to hang out with friends at BK.

    While you were doing that, the boss scrawled an urgent message on your whiteboard and called your extension to back up the points, conferencing in your client to talk over details.

    Oh, and that letter there is from the IRS.

  3. This is known as network weaving .. there is actually group of network weavers .. I’ll try to dig up the wiki – mostly community or social activist types.

  4. […] One thing that stood out in your methodology: your foresight to move messages and contacts across social networking platforms. The community is truly independent of the platform when it works well. Do you notice when you ask a question on Twitter and get an answer on Facebook? Perhaps (I barely notice, but that’s my peculiar problem), but do you care? Here is an example of a seamless cross-media conversation in one of my daily streams: http://gischeleman.com/2007/11/02/cross-media-conversations/. […]

  5. […] 4. Utterz confusion: conducting conversations across several different Internet-based platforms, and not being able to remember where the conversation started, or where the best nuggets and ideas reside. Symptons are disorientation, dizziness, and nausea. (not tied to Utterz, but heck the name is cool). I discussed a benign version of this ailment here. […]

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