No Such Thing as Too Much Information

The adventures of Diddy, dispatches from Anderson Cooper, a real-time account of Erykah Badu’s childbirth and other useless information you can learn on Twitter.

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From February 2008 to February 2009, Twitter experienced a 1,382 percent growth rate. Members of the press worry how the highly popular site will make money as it’s still without a business model, but, hey, that’s not our problem. Yet.

With such rapid growth, speculation is running rampant on how effective Twitter can be for those who actually want to tweet about something of substance. Health experts are wondering whether or not they can use Twitter to predict flu pandemics, in addition to tracing earthquakes and forest fires.

I don’t know about everyone else, but if I’m online when the ground starts dancing or a nearby forest bursts into flames, I’m logging the hell off and sending a mental tweet to God, not updating my followers. Speaking of God, whoever is Twittering as the creator might as well douse his or her drawers with gasoline, because we know where they are headed. Can you tweet from hell? Hmm?

For all of those rushing to Twitter, just be smart. These are tough times, and it’s not the time to be getting fired over something you wrote on Twitter. If you’re going talk noise about your employer, lock your updates.

Other than that, tweet away. C’mon, people are offering to pay you to follow them. And before you throw in the towel on the site, give it some time. That is, until 15 minutes from now, when the next thing comes along.

Michael Arceneaux writes the blog, The Recession Diaries, for The Root. He tweets like a million others.

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