You do realize you can read other people's tweets without posting your own, right?
you are assuming that by choosing his news sources, he is choosing to only read things that confirm what he already believes. you have no basis for that conclusion.
i frequently read news from sources like The People's Daily (beijing newspaper) or al jezeera. i think a lot of what is published in those sources is bullshit, and plenty more i just disagree with. I still find them more useful than Fox News. In this case getting news on "my terms" simply means I am not dependent upon the popular mass media of this country for my information.
Its revealing of how far slashdot has fallen that we're 4 years in and still trying to figure out whether or not twitter might be useful. If you don't like using twitter, don't. But here are some things I like about it.
* I frequently discover that a friend is doing something (e.g. getting a beer) nearby, and I join them, when otherwise I wouldn't have known.
* I get news much sooner that I would otherwise.
* I don't have to have a facebook account.
* I find other people with similar interests to mine because they follow me on twitter.
* Some of my friends are hilarious. I love hearing their running commentary on their experiences.
* If I'm in a part of town I'm not familiar with, or another city, and want food recommendations, i tweet and usually get a few good suggestions within minutes. There are probably other good opportunities for crowd-sourcing decisions I'm not thinking of.
* I can quickly plan events by suggesting a time and place on twitter, and dont have to send emails or make phone calls.
* When I am at conferences and events, it is invaluable for meeting up with people, or finding out last minute about something awesome I want to be part of.
I could probably go on.
* GPS navigation only works if you have a gps enabled device and a constant data connection. Wi-Fi is useless for this.
* Netbooks suck. Period.
* Pulling out a laptop to check twitter to see where your friends are while walking down the street does not make sense.
* Prepaid SIM service sucks. Calls are deprioritized relative to other traffic and call quality is terrible.
Do I need to keep going? Start counting the apps in the iTunes store that *DONT* work on the iPod Touch and you should start to get the idea.
moreover, firewire iPods *can't* charge over USB. At least my 3rd gen can't.
Pisses me off. Firewire is much better tech than USB. Loading a 160 GB iPod over USB sucks.
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