(Relax, I'm not going to keep that up for the entire post.)
I started my Twitter account out of some invisible obligation: you must have one of these to be part of the 21st century. Now I love it. It's like a 24-hour cocktail party with an ever-changing DIY guest list. All I have to do to drop in on the fun is click my mouse and BOOM, the pleasure is all mine. I can check up on buddies, eavesdrop on a crush, listen to my fave news correspondents duking it out over politics, or laugh at one-liners courtesy of someone I know nothing about.
Twitter is more raucous and laid back than Facebook. People aren't particularly prickly about etiquette, although you have to be careful. Once you've tweeted, you've tweeted and although you can delete a tweet, it's probably already been read by the one person you wished hadn't seen it. Also, a mere 140 characters is plenty big enough for libel. Just ask Courtney Love.
I follow all sorts of people using TweetDeck as my organizer. If I've gotten your attention and you think you'd like to jump into the fray, here's a lil' twit list to get you started.
Michelle Belanger: My #1 psychic vampire** Articulate, genuine and always interesting.
Jake Tapper: ABC's White House correspondent. His willingness to show his personal side amazes me.
Phil Plait: Discovery Magazine's top astronomy blogger; plus I just dig him.
Tim Siedell: Funny, funny, funny--and smart.
This list could go on endlessly but I'll leave it at that. Finding great people to follow is part of the fun. I hope everyone will make suggestions in the comment section. In the meantime, do check out my Twitter page. I just did and all I can say is Erin O'Brien is one pixilated chick.
**I wrote about Michelle and the magickal society of House Kheperu here.
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