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January 26, 2009

Twittering Merced

Twitter is definitely an exercise in narcissism, but there's no better social networking tool out there.   For the uninitiated, Twitter is a "microblogging" service that asks users to write about what they're doing in fewer than 140 characters. It's a weird mix of instant messaging and blogging, and it's hopelessly addicting.

Twitter is definitely an exercise in narcissism, but there's no better social networking tool out there.

 

For the uninitiated, Twitter is a "microblogging" service that asks users to write about what they're doing in fewer than 140 characters. It's a weird mix of instant messaging and blogging, and it's hopelessly addicting. As the site has developed over the past few years, it's become an ongoing conversation between millions of people. A quick "tweet" can result in a half-dozen or more replies, and that's what makes it so engaging -- there's just something really neat about the immediacy of it all.

 

I especially appreciate that I've found a number of Merced-area people who use the service. It lets me feel connected to the community, which isn't always easy for us cubicle-dwellers.

 

Some Merced residents you'll find on Twitter:

 

Pamela Quevedo, who sells her handmade "tatted jewelry" online.

 

Bill Latronica, a heavy metal enthusiast and AT&T pole climber.

 

Klariza Lynn, a Merced College student and Atwater Starbucks barista.

 

Chris Volkerts, an IT manager at UC Merced.

 

And there are more.

 

And me? You can find me at http://www.twitter.com/brandonbowers.

 

(The Sun-Star is on Twitter too.)

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