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Jittery Twitterers

Posted by James McPherson on August 8, 2009

Twitter crashed yesterday, leaving far too many people feeling confused and disconnected.  On the other hand, considering how many of those people are totally clueless about things that matter, perhaps we should hope for a lot more technology breakdowns.

At the very least, it would be useful if more people would evaluate how they use media more often, as this journalist blogger (and former student) has.  Most of us have long known the value of thinking before speaking. More consideration of media habits might increase the number of folks who think before tweeting.

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2 Responses to “Jittery Twitterers”

  1. I was among the jittery people, haha. Not because I rely on twitter but because I noticed it was down and thought ‘hmm, I wonder what’s going on?’ Now, for any other site I’d just go to twitter to find out what was wrong, but in this case I was at a loss for what to do. Finally CNN told me, though I should have checked Mashable first. Anywho…

  2. […] that I have regularly denigrated “anti-social media,” especially Twitter (also here, here, here, here and here). I have proclaimed that I would avoid Twitter, and for five years or so I did. […]

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