There is indeed a level of privacy, if not intimacy, that informs what a twitter poster might write. I know that my circle of followers is listening. There’s an intimacy in that.
There’s nothing technically wrong, per se, with re-posting a twitter conversation on a mechanism with higher visibility because we accept the accessibility of the medium. Although the justifiability of this blog post - for me at least - feels like something akin to posting photos snapped at a public nude beach.
There’s always a risk that the conventional intimacy of a social circle will be eschewed by someone with a motive to publish its content outside of its inherent context, but the amenability of the medium to this kind of action doesn’t justify the action.
It also strikes me as a really cowardly thing to do. Phil and I had the stones to stick to this debate and have it in the open, for all it’s worth, to talk this issue through, and to provide a window into the negotiation of mean to folks in our respective circles. You added nothing, and you’re only action was parasitic.
So, you’ve got every right to regurgitate twitter conversations, but it’s only a technical right. Your moral claim to the act is spurious.
To my experience, you only seem to be interested in comfy cozy human factors, which isn’t where the paradigm-changing work is done.
You want twitter to be a certain thing and a certain way. I appreciate your feed of interesting links, etc, but twitter ins’t that one thing to everyone, and you’ve got little call to attempt to skew perceptions here to try make it so.
If you don’t like conversations on twitter, and if the folks who don’t like twitter conversations that you quoted don’t like twitter conversations, then read something else. If our negotiations of meaning are getting in the way of folks finding the next link to something funny on YouTube, well, I make no apologies whatsoever.
The realm of human factors encompasses much more than the focus of your interests in the field.