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I’m all a-Twitter

Scott Jagow Feb 17, 2009

I don’t know how much longer I can ignore Twitter. I’ve tried to stay away. “Micro-blogging” sounds like a major time-sucking activity to me. But on this particular day, I can’t seem to avoid intriguing stories about Tweeple Tweeting in Twitterville.

CNN has a story about a surgeon who twittered a tumor removal! Yesterday, the Marketplace PM show mentioned a guy who tweeted his layoff. Today, our Public Insight Network is asking people to comment on how they use social networking sites in job searches. It’s on their blog, Trading Floor.

Here’s one guy’s opinion about Twitter, posted on Zdnet today. He says kids should be using it in the classroom.

Then, there’s this story that Twitter just received $35 million in venture capital funding. Twitter says it’s seen a 900% increase in users in a year. I guess people like to tell other people what they’re doing.

Surgery, education, millions of dollars. There must be something to Twitter besides, “I’m about to pour the pancake batter onto the griddle. Now, I’m drying my hair.” But I can’t imagine myself saying, I tweeted. Or, will you Twitter with me?

So what do you think? Should I join this thing or boycott it?

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