Saturday, April 26, 2008

Student 'Twitters' his way out of Egyptian jail

For the past year, I've been using a free service called Twitter. The concept is interesting and, to a geek like me, fun. Twitter is a microblogging service that allows you to send updates in 140 characters or less. These updates are received by others who subscribe and "follow" you. Here on the blog, to the right of this post and under my Flickr Photostream, you'll see my last 5 Twitter posts (you can also choose to follow me on Twitter). While this has been a fun way to tell people what I'm doing on a moment by moment basis, I've also been asked "what good is it if you're not a geek?"

Well, it turns out that Twitter can have an impact in a dire situation. Take a look at this article on CNN that shows how Twitter may very well have saved a young man's life. Then, if you want to follow me on Twitter, look to the right and down a bit, just under my photostream.

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