A while back I commented on David Carr’s enthusiasm for Twitter: “Twitter helps define what is important,” etc. etc. Now Peggy Orenstein comes to the same magazine with fear and trepidation: “Each Twitter post seemed a tacit referendum on who I am, or at least who I believe myself to be.”

My verdict? Y’all are seriously overthinking this.
I love Twitter, though I don’t think it defines me for myself or for anyone else. The two best things about Twitter: asymmetry (you don’t have to follow anyone else just because they’re following you, and vice versa) and the ability to have multiple overlapping conversations with different sets of friends.

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July 31, 2010