“Are you on Twitter?”
If your answer is “No,” then this is for you. And if you’re over 45, chances are that’s your answer. But before you write off Twitter as a time suck, or a toy for kids, you should know that most Twitter users are between 26 and 44. Grownups like it, and for good reason.
For quite a while now, reading my Twitter timeline has been one of the most gratifying and important activities of my day. But back in 2008, this was what I had to say about it:
You know those sci-fi movies where some guy suddenly has the ability to read the minds of everyone around him and his eyes roll up in his head and he collapses in a heap, frothing at the ears and utterly insane because he can’t handle the flood of inanities? That’s why I’ve been avoiding Twitter.
At the time I wrote that, Twitter was still young, and the prompt its founders had come up with to get people to use it was “What are you doing?” In response to this we got a lot of sandwich eating and jogging in the early days. This drove many people nuts away.
Read the rest of How Twitter Became My Morning Paper on the Huffington Post.