Status Stickiness

I’ve noticed the crowd integrating Facebook status message with Twitter status. I actually prefer to keep them separate because of the different sticky factors eg how long the status message sticks to the wall.

I have a status on Twitter that I use for transient updates with a chalkboard permanence through the day. Status messages there are written in context at times eg part of a discussion and erratic moments of ego at others which don’t stick for so long.

My Facebook Status is written with more of a crayon permanence as I update my status less often. I really don’t feel comfortable putting chalked status messages in there especially when there is less context. I prefer more context, more longevity. If you can count “Jasmin is pretending she has superpowers” as having context.

So, I’m going to continue publishing different status messages in chalk and crayon even if the cyberwall is virtually permanent. Still, I could do with a status sticky (permanence) marker in Twitter to feed through to other sites, an option to make my status crayon if I want to feed it through to other social networks. Sometimes I would even like to make a status message iron-on – I could send my favourites through to Threadless and create wearable status messages. Now that could redefine the concept of a mobile status message. Heh.

Do you chalk or crayon? Or both? Or are your status updates a work of calligraphy2.0?

Status updates can be a social barometer. Imagine if we wore our status messages as stickynotes on our foreheads at work! People could see our status as we approach.

Oh, and on the matter of Stickiness, I am also reading Made to Stick right now and I’m really enjoying the insights and techniques for capturing attention and helping people to understand your ideas. Worth a looksee.

4 thoughts on “Status Stickiness

  1. srcasm

    I happened upon your blog using WordPress’s tag surfer and wanted to chime in. I happen to use my Twitter account for updating my status on my blog, Facebook and Twitter itself. I like the fact that I only have to update in one place and if it weren’t for the integration, I would probably never touch my Facebook statuses. My friend are sometimes confused (because it’s out of context) but hey if you’re not following me on Twitter then I don’t know what to tell yah. :)

    Keep on blogging,

  2. Douglas

    Everything I typed before I deleted it was just long winded ‘me too’.

    Instead, I’ll just say that I love the idea of chalk and crayon to describe these two. Especially the childlike nuance.

    Regarding status update shirts–and sticky notes–I bet you could use dry erase markers on a t-shirt with a white rectangle screenprinted on it.

  3. grinbear

    Considering the realization some years ago that anything posted on the web was likely to stay ‘out there’ forever, because of caching, backups, off line copies, re-do’s, etc., etc., etc., I thought that posties, twit-notes, chat logs, replies, were permanent markers, more like laundry markers than lemon juice super secret encoder ink? WTF? No, really, I enjoy your blogs and twitters. It’s a wonderful world for old coders like me. Wayman Wynn’s Dad… ;-) me (ILAMS)

  4. wonderwebby

    Jesse, it does seem a bit odd to have different status messages doesn’t it? But to me it seems just as odd that we are missing context from our digital profiles and interesting that people don’t seem to mind.

    Douglas, I guess the thing with chalk and crayon – they are some of our earliest publishing experiences, a way to express what goes on inside of our heads. Their fun, instant appeal makes it easier to create. But as Grinbear points out despite the opportunity for instant expression the marks are a little more permanent than chalk.

    It makes me think, self censorship is probably a critical skill right now.

    Thanks for your comments

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