You do realize you can read other people's tweets without posting your own, right?
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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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