Twitter fix

Dear Loyal Readers:

You’ve probably noticed a slower pace in this space recently; I’ve been immersed in a couple of projects, including getting MediaBugs off the ground. But if you’re on Twitter, you know how easy it is these days to keep the conversation going, at least 140 characters at a time, and indeed I’ve found it to be the best channel for sharing thoughts and links of interest in the interim. (I plan to return to more active blogging again soon.) Several times daily (on most days) you can follow my finger on the digital pulse here.

If you’re a Twitter user you also know how easy it is to miss a million things in the collective news stream you’ve let flow; to try to take in everything would be like drinking from a fire hose all day long. You may not even realize your own effect on the flow, and it can be illuminating to take a look back over your collective contribution. The sum of the parts can almost start to take on a flarf-like quality. Here are some recent bits from my adventures in micro-blogging, with lots of links for your browsing delight and/or distraction…


well, there goes another “entire copy desk” at a major newspaper about 3 hours ago

“The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting” about 4 hours ago

Seder at the White House sounds pretty cool about 5 hours ago

Jesus was way hungry 12:23 PM Mar 29th

war gaming Iran. Conclusion? Not a great idea. 11:33 AM Mar 29th

vivid Jim Marshall photos: Jimi … and Johnny 10:09 PM Mar 25th

the dark side of nanotech? 5:43 PM Mar 24th

global warming upshot: ocean swallows disputed island in Bay of Bengal 4:21 PM Mar 24th

uh, not just anyone can hope to dodge home foreclosure with the help of PETA 4:13 PM Mar 24th

some say blogging is dead, respected bloggers included. @scottros says not so fast 4:03 PM Mar 24th

you are watching your TV and surfing the Web at the same time, aren’t you. 11:09 AM Mar 22nd

finally got up the nerve to watch “The Cove” last night. Extraordinary film. Check it out, spread the word. 10:02 AM Mar 22nd

7 years of war in Iraq today. Consider the names & faces of the dead: 9:18 AM Mar 19th

Ailes to Fox staff unhappy w/insane Glenn Beck: “We prefer people in the tent not dumping on other people in the tent” 11:22 AM Mar 18th

RIP Alex Chilton 12:42 AM Mar 18th

from the dystopian California files: more than 23,000 school teachers get pink slipped 6:00 PM Mar 15th

think twice before doing crimes at your keyboard 12:55 PM Mar 15th

French bread was spiked with LSD in CIA experiment: 8:48 AM Mar 12th

Congrats to Haida artist Robert Davidson for receiving the 2010 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 1:43 PM Mar 11th

the ultimate crime deterrent: San Quentin reviewed on Yelp (Indeed, the food apparently is “horrible”) 1:49 PM Feb 23rd

how many Tweets per day now? Oh, about 50 million. That is, 600 *every second*… (via @robinsloan) 12:56 PM Feb 22nd


Go here to drink more from the fire hose!

2 comments so far

  1. […] | Loyal readers: Until I can return to writing in this space more frequently, here’s another microblogging fix to bridge the gap. (Complete with shamelessly SEO’d headline.) At the moment I’m […]

  2. […] which has proven a considerably easier way to riff while on the run. (Also see installments one and two.) Nicholas Carr may believe web links are rotting our brains, in which case I’ve […]

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