Could Twitter Be the Answer To Helping You Focus?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Twitter has changed our attention spans.

You can blame it on MTV or adderall, but I blame it on twitter and the rule of 140 characters. This is not a bad, in fact it helps shorten thoughts, forces you to get to the point, and takes out all the “fluff” to focus the content.

Twitter has not affected our attention spans but has focused our attention spans.

Agree? Disagree?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Michael


    Because like you said fluff. It’s caused me to be more concise & not waste characters even in real conversations. Or better said, “out loud” conversations.

    • Kyle Reed

      It is interesting to step back and see how much it has effected you, in the way of cutting out different things that you though were important but were really fluff.

  • Adam Lehman

    Haha. Twitter helping you focus. Silly…. silly…..

    Twitter is sweet for networking. Not so sweet for focusing.

    • Kyle Reed

      well, it helps me focus my content not necessarily focus my day.
      But the principle of the 140 characters or less helps me cut the fluff.

  • Jemiwa

    I would agree to a point that it certainly has caused those of us participating in social media to consider – “Is what I have to say important? Am I effectively stating my thesis to my audience? How can I create a hook in less than 140 characters?” However, being able to do things in small snippets can create an opportunity for an avalanche of small pieces that would have been better served as part of a blog entry or larger piece in general. I think when we have to fit something into a larger piece, it helps us consider the relevance of each sentence. If we present our ideas in 140 characters or less, it’s harder to see the relevance of that one statement in the grander scheme of things because it doesn’t have to help tow the weight of a greater work of communication. Does that make sense? I’m still on coffee #1 of the AM.

  • matthew costner

    i agree.

    for me, it’s the new blog. the focused blog. straight talk and no chasers.

  • Josh

    Some truth to this, in my opinion. Twitter definitely helps folks to focus their marketing efforts due to the character limit. Real conversations? I’m not convinced.

    There’s something about enjoying company, even if rambling. But then again, I’m Southern. :)

  • Jeff Goins


    Both, I think. It can refine our focus, and the constant influx of media can also shorten our attention spans.