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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


One of the words deemed most likely to succeed in the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year announcement is related to the Web site Twitter.com:

Tw-, tweet-, twitt- Combining forms all connoting a relationship to Twitter, a free nano-blogging service.

If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, you've probably been at your bunker trying to survive the current economic climate (News Flash: It is still bad, go back underground).

And if you are familiar with it, you might still be wondering what's the use of having a site in which users can only post 140 characters per post. Aren't Facebook's status updates enough?


Because you should know that twitter is great.

If you want to get hacked.

Here are a couple of examples from Jan. 5:

Other twitters hacked that day included Barack Obama, the Huffington Post and Britney Spears.

Needless to say, I started my own - "for research purposes," as I like to name all the projects I'm likely to abandon.

So before I do, visit twitter.com/ivanlajara.

You'll be thoroughly disappointed.

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