Ryan O'Connell puts some deep thought into why we use Twitter, and what we could ever hope to get out of it. His piece, On Keeping a Twitter, takes noted author Joan Didion's essay On Keeping a Notebook (direct PDF link) as its comparison point.
The private notebook versus very public tweet disparity is obvious, but O'Connell nails one similarity down: Twitter, like a notebook, can later tell you "What it was to be me: that is always the point." Are you hoping Twitter, or Facebook, will one day be your place to look up your old life? [Thought Catalog via @rosa; image via koalazymonkey]