As such, the idea that Twitter's 140-character format precludes it from being a place for depth has always been a red herring. But there are legitimate questions about how the format can scale. Sometimes it helps to picture Twitter as a network of overlapping concentric circles—made bigger by retweets, modified tweets, interactions, faving, hate-faving, subtweeting, snarking, trolling, etc., etc., until they get so big and the network gets so crowded that you can't see the circles themselves anymore.
I hate to post two Atlantic articles in a single week, but I'm a sucker for introspection. In today's read, Robinson Meyer and Adrienne LaFrance turn inward to answer a difficult question:
What's ailing Twitter?
LaFrance and Meyer turn to the Twitter of yore, breaking it up into years. What was the 2009 Twitter like? The 2012 Twitter? If it feels different now than then, why does it feel different? Is it us, the users, or is it Twitter the publicly-traded company?
Either way, the essay is an exploration of the highest sort: the kind that asks the questions nobody else was asking, and comes away with more questions than it answers.