To tweet or not to tweet?

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Over breakfast this morning at the Butterfly Cafe, a friend and I had an interesting convo about Twitter and what that was really all about. I had recommended it to a friend just last night as a quick, easy way to keep in touch with his daughters in Kansas City — and for them to let him know what they were up to. I had also come across twitterfiction.com, found some people writing poetry, and was fascinated to learn that right after I had started “following” Barack Obama’s Twitter updates, he started following me right back even though he supposedly is busy trying to ward off a late surge by Hillary Clinton. (He doesn’t look like he’s following me, does he?) My daughter twitters occasionally and I found a cousin doing some research using Twitter.

Perhaps the best take-away from the breakfast — besides the good coffee, fine cheese omelet and rye toast — was Chuck’s suggestion that I look at a slideshow he had just blogged about at Local Information Utility. It’s 300+ slides, but as he said, it goes quickly.

Roughly somewhere in the middle, blogger Trisha Okubo recommends making a “Stoplist” — i.e., a list of things to stop doing.

I’m still not sure about this, having had only a few days’ experience as a Twitterer thus far, but unless I can nail down exactly how that fun little diversion is improving my life, it will be going right to the top of my Stoplist soon.

If you have some thoughts on whether I should continue to “tweet” (which is what seems to be the name for a message sent via Twitter), please pass them along soon.

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