Simple - it is a quick thought, "aha" moment or "dot I have just connected" that I want to share with you before it flies away. It is all those little notes I open in Ecto or Notepad or save to draft and never actually do anything with.
A Snackbyte is lighter than a complete blog post, has more context than a del.icio.us link and is more thoughtful (and hopefully more informative) than my typical Twitter post. They are tasty morsels of thought that go down easy.
If velocity is indeed one of the prime attributes of Social Media [you can argue the point - but heck, speed is screamingly important these days] then Snackbytes are my way of ensuring that I share my thoughts in the moment so that they retain relevancy with the many topics and conversations I follow and engage in on-line. The idea percolated from a recent conversation with my friend Amanda on how we have become "media snackers'- absorbing all forms of media in bits and bytes.
The concept also gives me permission to "blog-lightly". Something I recommit myself to every morning and never seem to have accomplished come sundown.
Long live the cupcake.
If you like the concept go ahead and tag your own pithy thoughts as 'snackbyte' and share the love.
[Nod heather for one of her many gorgeous cupcake photos]