The Beeper Cacophony

Do you like to poke people and write upon their walls? How about twittering by yourself in a dark corner? Then, this story is for you. Award0winning journalist and satirist Walter Brasch looks at how thumbs became the most improtant part of teh human body.

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Twitter for Nonprofits?

When Nightline covers a topic, it's safe to say it's hit the mainstream.  Therefore, Twitter, on Nightline this past Wednesday has reached the public consciousness, albeit tepidly.

Even Nightline seems to have misgivings.  While one host, Terry Moran has amassed a very respectable following of 28,617 people (as of this writing) on Twitter, Martin Bashir seemed proud to announce that he doesn't Twitter.  Despite his apparent antipathy, Twitter has racked up six million users as measured by, a website that follows such things.

Taking a step back to explain, Twitter is a micro-blogging platform.  Users publish very short missives, of up to 140 characters, and these are displayed for other users who have signed up to receive them.  You can "tweet," as it's called, from, from your cellphone, and applications on your computer.  (Here's a guide to get started if you're interested.)

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In Defense of Twitter

Cross-posted to Mike's blog!

Andrew Sullivan recently linked to some bloggers who don't like Twitter. Now, Twitter is a social networking platform, but, unlike Google and Facebook, I have no problem with Twitter, so I am going to defend it here.

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Presidential candidates on Twitter... suck

Joe Trippi recently observed on Twitter that both Obama and Clinton have fairly lame presences there. Both seem to be recycling standard issue campaign schedule material, example from @barackobama:

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Twitter and the Cowardice of Sarah Palin

Originally posted at Cagle.

When I joined Twitter in July 2006 I was the 3,365th person to sign up for the 140-character message streaming social network. Now, with more than 190 million users having taken the plunge, I guess you could call me an early adopter of sorts.

See, I've always believed that the Internet -- and by extension new online tools like Twitter -- have the ability to create change because it levels the political playing field tearing down walls that have traditionally separated the powerless and the powerful.

It turns out I may have been wrong -- at least when it comes to a certain half-termer from Alaska.

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