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Twitter Makes Time Cover

Twitter Makes Time Cover

While I graze my Tweetdeck several times a day to see what the 184 people I am following on Twitter have posted (I know, I’m cutting the list down), the people following me tend to just get my automatic blogfeed, which also goes to Facebook (only if I’m logged in; if not, I have to check and add it manually). But I am picking up links and tips and stories constantly, faster than checking my various other aggregators. When something “breaks” on Twitter, I have a shot at getting my own reaction to it out faster than otherwise.

Twitter is essential now, in a way it wasn’t before. Because I’ve figured out how to use it, yes–although I don’t communicate constantly with tweets the way some folks do. And I often can’t parse the twitter language that some people employ. I haven’t mastered the trick of using hatchets and so forth, although I should, obviously. I could get more sophisticated about it. It’s also because there’s now a critical mass of people using Twitter to share info. (Similarly, the cool cinephile community The Auteurs has finally started to pick up steam, so that now I have plenty of reasons to check back and see what my friends are watching and reviewing.)

I started this blog post before I caught up with Time’s cover story–via a tweet. (Thanks TEDChris.) The issue itself hasn’t arrived yet via snail mail. Here’s their top ten celebrity tweets. (No, I don’t think Ashton Kutcher’s going to stop tweeting anytime soon.) Here’s David Lynch:

Thought of the Day: We are like the spider. We weave our life & move along it. We are like the dreamer who dreams & then lives in the dream.
1:54 PM Feb. 10

Folks at the Oxford English Dictionary have analyzed Tweet language. It would seem obvious that if Variety goes out of its way to eliminate use of word “the,” Twitterers would too. I wanted more info, somehow.

In 1985, German researcher Friedhelm Hillebrand figured out the logic of 140 characters. And here’s Twitter creator Jack Dorsey’s founding document.

For what it’s worth, Nora and her college pals do not Twitter. Only one does, she says, cautioning: “It’s NOT cool.”

[David Lynch photo courtesy Stuart Wilson/Getty]

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