Cory Doctorow has managed to articulate why it is that conversations on Twitter don't really work very well:
Topic 456 [inkwell.vue]: Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross - The Rapture of the Nerds
#39 of 44: Type A: The only type that counts! (doctorow) Thu Sep 20 '12 (02
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@tcn I think Twitter's a little awkward for chats, tbh. While I like the cabined-off nature of the commitment (blocking 1h to pay close attention is a LOT easier in my workflow than the sort of week-long intermittent commitment from the WELL), the mixed contexts are a PITA. People who follow me bitch that they're seeing their timeline filled up with #torchat stuff. Yes, they have a filter problem, but Twitter collapses so many contexts into a single one that it means that specialized tasks -- chatting -- ends up pissing off lots of people.
For extra contextual relevance, this quotation is excerpted from a publicly viewable conversation on The WELL (which remains alive). https://user.well.com/engaged.cgi?c=ink ... t=456&q=0-
It's a fairly typical conversation, if on the heady side due to subject matter, and worth checking out as kind of a compare-and-contrast exercise. I think TDPF matches this quality in good topics on good days, but it's a level of quality we don't always maintain.