Why are conversations important? Because many times they force you to see things differently and think about things in new ways. Now, who you choose to listen to is important as well. For this post I have just listened, quite literally, to Dave Winer. He is thinking out loud (yes, literally) about a service that allows people to record an audio “tweet”, complete with an imposed limit of a 200k audio file. Winer, by the way, is someone I listen too because he is a smart guy. He is one of the key players in the invention of RSS, and also a key player in the development of enclosures in RSS. Enclosures are the things that enables podcasts to work.
So when a smart person talks, I like to be there listening to him/her. I feel like I’m at a party listening to Dave and some colleagues flesh out this idea of a Twittergram. Is it going to work, or will it fail? These are questions that are unimportant now, and Dave feels that the naysayers should shut up for a while and let the conversation and the smart people get to work and see what happens.
Note the blue play button that appears when viewing a linked mp3 file in Twitter. That’s the del.icio.us mp3 script in action!