January 26, 2009



With new methods of communication emerging everyday, if I had to pick one system that will eventually beat out all the others, that system would be TWITTER!


A tweet is a brief message sent by one member of the social network TWITTER, to another member that consists of only 140 characters, including a link to more information.


This naturally appeals to me, since I am a songwriter and sometime commercial copy writer, used to getting my message across in as few words as possible.


I was originally put off when I heard it was used by “twits” to keep each other informed of their inane activities like going to the grocery store or filling up their gas tanks. Then I heard that Robert Scoble, the #1 blogger in the US, now prefers to TWITTER, sending sometimes 50 tweets a day, and I knew it was time for me to investigate.


I Googled the company to find out more about their service, and was required to give my e-mail address, and other seemingly innocuous information, before I saw a button that said, “Send Out My Invitations”

Suddenly I realized this might be a scam, and I just closed the window!


Less than an hour later, I started getting tweets from people I knew who seemed happy that I’m now on TWITTER.


That’s when I suspected TWITTER had somehow tricked me into joining their network, and appropriated names from one of my address books, inviting them to join their site as my “Friend”.


That’s when I became bloggin’ mad!


All of this happened in the space of a few days and I was impressed with how quickly and effectively they dealt with my problem…even though it was over the New Year holiday!


In the past few days, I’ve seen half a dozen newscasters tell their viewers to send their comments by e-mail, text message or by TWITTER. So before the company gets any bigger, I want to apologize for calling you names, and thank you for creating a service that is revolutionizing communication.


In fact I’m telling all my friends, “A tweet is worth a thousand words”



Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne




  1. Joe Klein Says:


    I am pleased that you finally “discovered” Twitter. I am confused about how all your contacts were shared without your consent or clicking on the link on the site to do so. Perhaps you mistakenly clicked on the link to invite friends before closing down the window as you wrote. I have hundreds of friends who have been using Twitter for many months now and I have no knowledge of contacts or any other member information being “phished” by Twitter. In any event, perhaps you can start using Twitter one of these days to further promote your content if you are no longer fearful that your personal information of contacts will be hijacked by the site. Good luck with your blog and your upcoming blockbuster book!

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