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Rebecca Krause-Hardie

Wow those are three great points about Twitter. Thank you so much! I've been wondering how to follow threads of conversation on twitter.

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Great advice, Beth! Just signed up for Tweetbeep--thanks!
Twitter: @BornToFly
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Bryan Person

Beth: Good idea on the "egotism scale"!

Regarding TweetBeep, I gave it a try a couple of months ago when I first heard about. Results were very sketchy for me, and I quickly abandoned it. Maybe it's worth giving TweetBeep another look?

Bryan | @BryanPerson

bloggingmom67

I think the pointilism analogy really works.

A New York Times article decribes it similarly: When you first get on twitter, it seems random tidbit but put together it's a novel of someone's life in short bursts. (I'm paraphrasing, but this is the gist.)

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Beth, what's your Twitter address? Would like to follow you!
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Virginia

Thank you for the great perspective , Twitter is unstoppably watchable! I have learned so much already just following you genius' and pioneers in this SM. I am a devotee and fan. Thanks for sharing all your smartness:)
Twitter: @Cars4causes

Laura "Pistachio" Fitton

I wonder if Jay read @pomeranian99's NYT piece, or if the metaphor is so universal that it is creeping up several laces at once in parallel...

This is the paradox of ambient awareness. Each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting. This was never before possible, because in the real world, no friend would bother to call you up and detail the sandwiches she was eating. The ambient information becomes like “a type of E.S.P.,” as Haley described it to me, an invisible dimension floating over everyday life.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine/07awareness-t.html?_r=3&hp=&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

It's such a LOVELY metaphor. Thanks for passing it along! :-)

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