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Confessions of a Twitter Newbie: Old Guys And New Technology

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1. Denial. It sounds stupid.

2. Presence. I don't get it, but because others are on it, so I will be too.

3. Dumping. I only use it to plug my latest ...

4. Conversing. I can use it for conversations that get to the point.

5. Microblogging-I use it to publish useful information and converse.

With so many web sites out there, I can see Twitter's appeal. Progressives can certainly use it for action alerts and organizing. I am just a newbie wondering where to turn next.

I was in radio until the conglomerates bought us out and some of us bought in. All the newspapers and many of the magazines I used to write for are long gone. I worked in TV until I couldn't take it anymore.

I've written the NewsDissector blog for ten years, often weighing in at 3000-6000 words a day. I jumped onto Facebook and have all sorts of people I don't know-and some I do-wanting to "friend me."

It's hard to keep up.

I jump between two email accounts, filled with "breaking news" that breaks my concentration.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.
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