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Original post made by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Mar 31, 2010

HAVE ANY OF you, my dear readers, been using the Twitter much? No?

Somebody's sure using it, and it isn't just kids. I've seen the likes of Margaret Abe-Koga, Alicia Crank and Hugh J. Donagher III on there.

The ==I Voice== has a Twitter account too, at [Web Link]. And I've got a personal account at [Web Link].

Different people (or entities) use Twitter for different things. The ==I Voice== account is mainly used to point people back to our Web site, where interesting stories or posts might be found. However, should a large-scale emergency occur in Mountain View, God forbid, the account will be very useful for posting updates from the scene. Meanwhile, ==I Voice== columnist Angela Hey ([Web Link]) uses it to expound on upcoming high-tech events and gadgetry.

Others use accounts just to receive information, and I must say Twitter can be highly effective for this purpose. Say you're a Giants fan. You subscribe to (or "follow," in Twitterspeak) a number of other Giants fans -- as many as you like -- who are regular posters themselves. Then sit back and watch as the posts ("tweets") roll in, in real-time, each with their own links or observations.

In 10 minutes you'll find yourself with an amazing mix of reading material, and more stuff 10 minutes after that, etc. You'll only ever get to a fraction of this material, of course, but it's always more diverse, timely and strange -- more organic -- than anything turning up in an old-fashioned Google search.

Google searching is so 2008.

As for me, I mostly use my personal account for making nonsensical jokes and observations ("Am I conflicted? Yes and no") before logging off. Sometimes I post links to things I find interesting or funny. And sometimes I uncover interesting details about Mountain View and whatever else.

By far my favorite twitterers are the people at Mountain View's SETI Institute ([Web Link]). They're always good for such tweets as "Early warning system would predict space storms on Mars" or "CERN collider begins subatomic exploration -- and the universe didn't end!"

Some would counter that the universe has ended, more or less, not because of CERN but because of Twitter. I'm not sure I disagree. Follow me @donjfran and I'll tell u what real #journos think about it.

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Posted by Ken Layne
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

Kids don't use Twitter. Old people use Twitter -- Larry King, John McCain, really scary old people, dangers to society. I have never seen a Twitter account used by anyone under 40 years old. It's mostly senior citizens, trying to score their prescription drugs and talk about the Fox News. It should be shut down.

Ken Layne
North Whisman

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Posted by Winner, 1948
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I've been using it for 2 yrs to broadcast my proctologist reports from my bedroom. #graingains, people. #graingains.

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Posted by "Just Think About It"
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

Ken, If you don't like it and believe it provides really scary old people which you believe are dangers to society a source for information stay off of it. It might be said that the internet sights you frequent provides young people who don't know their "a-- from a hole in the ground" like yourself a place to spout off............"Just Think About It"............I'm sure your thoughts and suggestions are made in our best interest for all just like our governments. I would bet you voted in the interest of all for OBAMA?? How do you like change? You haven't see nothing yet!

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Posted by K
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Funny you mention Hugh because he moved to Texas a couple of years ago.

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