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THE STASH APRIL 22, 2009

Modo On Twitter

I wanted to stop writing about Twitter--really I did. But this turns out to be one of those author-subject pairings for the ages. And, credit where due, both rise to the occasion. From Maureen Dowd's interview with the founders of Twitter: 

ME: You say the brevity of Twitter enhances creativity. So I wonder if you can keep your answers to 140 characters, like Twitter users must. Twitter seems like telegrams without the news. We now know that on the president’s trip to Trinidad, ABC News’s Jake Tapper’s shower was spewing brown water. Is there any thought that doesn’t need to be published?

BIZ: The one I’m thinking right now. ...

ME: If you were out with a girl and she started twittering about it in the middle, would that be a deal-breaker or a turn-on?

BIZ (dryly): In the middle of what? ...

ME: I would rather be tied up to stakes in the Kalahari Desert, have honey poured over me and red ants eat out my eyes than open a Twitter account. Is there anything you can say to change my mind?

BIZ: Well, when you do find yourself in that position, you’re gonna want Twitter. You might want to type out the message “Help.”

My opinion of all involved has increased. Except Twitter. I still cannot abide Twitter.

--Noam Scheiber

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