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APRIL 5, 2009   

Still unsure about Twitter?

Detail of NPR websiteI've written before about Twitter, the microblogging website that suggests you answer the question "What are you doing?" in 140 characters or less. I used to be fairly active, "tweeting" about what I was doing, until I discovered Facebook. Now—for better or for worse—I post "status updates" on Facebook rather than using Twitter.

Still, Twitter has been in the news recently, from George Stephanopoulos' Twitter interview of John McCain to the potential suicide intervention that took place on Demi Moore's Twitter stream. Maybe you're wondering if it's time to set up your own Twitter account.

To help you decide, listen to NPR's Brian Unger explain it all in three minutes. Here's his explanation of what it means to "Follow" someone on Twitter:

It's like stalking someone, without the inconvenience of sitting in a car outside their house, on a cold, rainy night with a loaded gun in your lap.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better introduction to Twitter, tongue-in-cheek though it may be. Listen to The Unger Report about Twitter.

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