One hundred and forty characters just isn't a lot of space.
It's time to make an observation, post a link or respond to someone else, but the limitations of Twitter are both feature and bug. For those of us who wish most people on Facebook would just shut up, it's a big feature. Still, though, it can be tough to tell something in a longer form.
Which is why we have a lot of admiration for Cari Gervin, a staff writer at Metro Pulse in Knoxville (you can find her work here). On the 20th anniversary of her dad's death, Gervin posted a series of tweets that are a reminder that interesting writing happens in all sorts of places, even Twitter. For all of its brevity, the medium has a visual side, which Gervin used to pepper the remembrance of her dad with some great family photos.
It's sweet, sad, funny, personal and utterly charming. And because of the medium, the normal distance that time puts between writer and reader is eliminated. It's a great example of how social media can work, even in ways that Twitter's creators probably never expected.
The tweets are after the jump. Gervin can be found on Twitter @carigervin — she's worth a follow.