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In defense of Twitter

Jason Kottke has a beautiful post defending Twitter from those who thinks it’s boring and narcissistic. Kottke perfectly confronts the attitude that those who Twitter about boring things mistakenly think the whole world is interested in what they had for breakfast.

People with that attitude completely miss the point of Twitter. They don’t get that there is a type of communication partway between private conversations and public announcements. Sometimes you say something about your dull life to your friends (who care a little bit about your dull life), and it’s something that you don’t mind if a non-friend listens in. In fact, it’s a great way for someone who only half-knows you to get to know you better. That’s what Twitter does. To put it another way: If you don’t want to hear about what I had for breakfast, why are you following my Twitter feed?

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