Twitter Fad

I don't know where it started, but yesterday there was a fast moving fad on Twitter. Someone got an avatar from Face Your Manga, and then someone else did, and soon pretty much everyone on my follow list had one. And then there was the inevitable backlash. Dave Kellett chose a female avatar, showing his individuality. I replaced mine with Dave's portrait of me, and then the race away from manga avatars was on.

I suppose it all sounds very junior high school, and maybe it was, but it reinforced the sense of community I get from few other places. I still have trouble explaining Twitter to people. It's like blog aggregation, but the posts are a lot shorter. It's like a message board, but you have to opt in to each person you want to follow. It's like chat, but public and asynchronous. It's its own thing, it's increasingly addictive, and I invite you to follow me to join in the fun.

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