Hello from Albania.

Yesterday I met with the creator of the 10-day-old online-only opinion publication ResPublica.al. It’s intended for an upscale, intelligent audience of influential types in Tirana.

The editor, Mustafa Nano, came up with a standing feature called “MSN interview.” It’s a QnA, but done via instant messenger.

Why?

Well, he complained that the intellectuals he interviewed would go on and on and on in a face-to-face interview, but would get right to the point with instant messaging.

And viola! He went to an IM feature.

I’m NOT advocating this as a replacement for actual interviews, folks. But it’s a fun, quick little feature, eh?

(ps: I’d link to it, but it’s in Albanian, and I don’t think y’all read Albanian.)