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Pick of the day: Twitter's revolution by recommendation

Everyone loves to hate Twitter. They say it’s a vapid waste of time. Not intellectually serious. How, in 140 characters, can one have a real discourse, let alone convey a single, coherent thought, or emotion? I, too, was skeptical. I like writing overly long stories that take their time, meander, even tease, and ultimately infuriate editors, especially here at The Post where, like a lot of papers, we’re always admonished to keep it tight.

But there is something liberating in Titter’s haiku format, where the insufferable are constrained to the exact same space that the truly creative somehow find room enough to be pithy and profound. But what I like best about Twitter is not the half-baked Status-Update-like pearls of wisdom, but the humble links to other work that reveal, as was important to Nick Hornby’s characters, not what you’re like, but what you like.

Twitter has revolutionized my daily reading habits merely because I’ve chosen to follow a bunch of smart, engaging people who on a daily basis say, “Check this out!” Most times, I’m glad I clicked on their link--like this one. Check it out. I would have never come across it had it not been for Twitter.

By Christian Davenport  | February 1, 2010; 7:28 AM ET
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