If Twittering can be thought of as 'micro-blogging', might we think of Haiku as micro-poetry? In my previous post I noted the rather serious use of Twittering in support of emergency broadcast of information in the California wildfire crisis. In this note, I propose a somewhat more frivolous use, in a sort of mashup-for-the-near-arts.
The newly minted track facility in Twitter allows users to follow any mention of a phrase that occurs in the Twitterverse. The newsworthiness of this notion in this morning's NPR report on the fires connected with a conversation in the Allegro Espresso Bar last weekend, in which was bandied about the idea of a Haiku-cycle... sharing around Haiku by email among those favorably inclined towards this poetic-medium-for-the-attention-handicapped.
Why not Twitter instead? The character limit is perfectly suitable and the pockettweets application on the iPhone is great (and surely there are comparable apps for other mobile devices). Writing haiku on a bus or in the park is a pleasant enough diversion or means of sharing a moment with others in verse. The track command fills in a missing piece, as it affords the writer a natural way to tag the tweet so that others interested can follow them.
So, in the spirit of eating one's own dogfood, I've launched the Haiku-Twittering mashup with the tag of Haiku-Seattle. Write your well-formed doggeral, slash-delimited lines, followed by three slashes and the tag "haiku-seattle". Non-denizens of the Rainy City also welcome. Void where prohibited. No talent necessary to win.
We'll know its successful when we get spam haiku.
A newly opened building in Singapore near Albert Court.