Ever since a job I had required me to sort through Tweets for mentions of a particular NPR radio host, I’ve been anti-Twitter.  My mind went numb after hours of logging “eatin breakfast and listening to

[NPR host]” into a database.  I’m pretty sure you would go crazy, too, reading hundreds of mundane tweets from total strangers.  Even as I acknowledged its role in connecting people and disseminating information, my experience made me hostile to the whole site.

But now, I’m reconsidering my stance.  I don’t intend for twitter to replace facebook for connecting with my friends, but I’m intrigued by the idea of celebrity tweeting.  I read an article on CNN this week about Michelle Obama sending out her first tweet via some CNN anchor’s iPhone, and I’ve read countless articles about news revealed via Twitter, and no one can deny the role twitter has played in breaking news.  That said, I don’t think Ashton Kutcher winning the race to 1 million followers was worth a breaking news email alert, CNN.  (Yes, I’m still angry about that one year later.)

I admit that pride is part of what’s standing in my way to creating a twitter account; I’ve been so vocal among my friends about my anti-Twitter stance and critical of acquaintances that constantly market themselves through social media, that I’m sure I’m in for some teasing if I succumb.

So, what do you all think?  Should I suck it up and get an account, or do you think Twitter is mostly hype?

– Jane AAR

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