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The Polly Frost Boot Camp for Shutting You Up
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Monday, January 12, 2009

I can think of a few bloggers and commenters who really need this seminar, featuring advice such as:
“Re-embrace Your Inner Critic.” Using advanced transference techniques, you will pretend to read your work to the most discouraging person you know.... You will learn to love them all as they do their best to keep you from typing out another word.

Perhaps that little voice that keeps murmuring in your ear that you have nothing of worth to say is really onto something!
The latest Internet writing malady described in the seminar syllabus is Twitteritis. I checked out Twitter about six months ago, reading a number of posts by folks with whom I'm acquainted. Then I established my own Twitter feed, based on my perception of the value of Twitter. The feed is named "thisispointless". Everything posted there is intentionally pointless, with no value I can perceive except occasional humor. And the amazing thing is that I have over 160 followers.

Most of them are computer geeks, and I'm not sure exactly what that means.

However, I do think Twitter can be valuable to a particular class of writer: the Bloviators. You know, those writers who can't seem to tell you that they got out of bed without writing five paragraphs about it. With Twitter, you are restricted to only 140 characters per post. Assuming you can learn to be both coherent and grammatical in that length, it's a great tool for learning conciseness.

(Found via GeekPress)

** Update 11:00 CST **

Apparently there is an entire university devoted to this discipline.

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However, I do think Twitter can be valuable to a particular class of writer: the Bloviators.
Oh! So that is why Rick Sanchez of CNN brags about being on there! Now I get it!

Written By: James Marsden
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Twitter is like the halfway point between your blog and your social network.

Your blog is for your serious stuff — when you want to do analysis. Pointing someone to every little bit of news on your blog, as it happens, and not doing any analysis is annoying. That clutters up the blog (and RSS feed) and sends real posts flying down the page into obscurity.

Your social network has all kinds of personal details on it, along with photos and applications and such. It’s more fleshed-out than Twitter.

Twitter falls in between. You can post some personal stuff, some quick pointers to news (without analysis), and do some quick snark or summary commentary here and there. You deal with stuff that’s interesting to you, and at the same time you build your personal brand by allowing people who follow your tweets to get a better sense of who you are. You can selectively respond to others’ tweets and have quick, open conversations, again, without cluttering up your blog.

And on Twitter, people can follow you without you following them, and vice versa. Not so much the case with Facebook.
Written By: Bryan Pick
ah, good old Rick Sanchez. i remember when he was just our local ’celebrity’ (self anointed) from Channel 7 News in Miami.

Written By: Joel C.
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Get Glen Greenwald a Twitter acount NOW!!!!
Written By: SaveFarris
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We are finding Twitter invaluable for fighting the CPSIA. We have a hashtag (enter #cpsia in at that we use to create a kind of chat room. The anti-CPSIA community is getting very connected online, pooling resources, making contacts who can do temporary XRF testing to get us by until CPSC releases a ruling, etc.
Written By: Wacky Hermit

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