The New York Times on the Teasmaid of Technology:


The New York Times has an intelligent and informed piece on the power, usefulness and importance of Twitter and other micro-messaging platforms.

HELLO: That's; "intelligent and informed", for the benefit of all those Twitter kickers, who, er, don't, um you know, have never, well now you come to mention it, actually used Twitter, but do feel nevertheless, qualified to knock it.

There's more of interest here in the WSJ:

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Comment by Michael Coulter on November 24, 2008 at 11:45
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Comment by Stuart Cosgrove on November 24, 2008 at 11:42
Not remotely interested in my digital footprint the subject bores me rigid. Much more interested in your description of New York Times as intelligent and informed. I am quite happy to endorse their thinking on Twitter, harder to rationalise their support for the war in Iraq.
and there opposition to Barak Obama's presidency when they put their editorial efforts behind Hillary Clinton Backing Twitter is such visonary thinking for a paper that is so frequently and morally wrong.
Comment by Michael Coulter on November 23, 2008 at 11:06
Stuart,

A very good response, as always.

Indeed your energetic and extensive contribution to the debate is not only welcome, but enlightening of course.

(Although the old red-top trick of infusing the discourse with dramatic reference to Dialysis Machines and Electric Chair machines was a little mischievous.)

But genuinely, as a proponent of Twitter I was heartened to see that you, (or 'one of your people') have apparently set-up a genuine Stuart Cosgrove Twitter account, (you little tease.)



However disappointment soon engulfed me, when I saw that not only aren't you following anyone, you are anti-social-media-ly ignoring the 8 people who've already signed up for the 140 character words of wisdom from your lips and tips.

Shame on you Head of Nations and Regions and 38minutes!

Might a way to rectify this be that the Twitter users amongst the 400 (odd!) members of this site give you a little nudging encouragement into the 21st Century, by following you too.

Surely we could get the current followers figure up to an impressive 100 in no time?

Perhaps, dare I say it, inaugurating an award for the most followed Twitter none-user in the World?

Yes, by golly, an Award!:

'The Golden Teasmaid' (Known colloquially and affectionately perhaps as a 'Cosgrove.')

Awarded annually, Stuart could/would win it every year, as he resolutely refuses to embrace micro-messaging.

But, alas, this is but a dream.

And ditto alas, this will be my final comment on what has been a hugely entertaining debate.

As John Sargentlike, I've decided to take my Twitter Ball home, lick my wounds and spend more time with my Tweets.

But perhaps the final word should go to Google.

'Could it be', I wondered aloud as I wrote this, 'that Stuart has actually done great service in the cause of promoting Twitter?'

To test my theory, I eagerly, I tried 2 comparative searches in Google:

i) "stuart cosgrove" + 38minutes
ii) "stuart cosgrove" + Twitter

I leave you, dear reader, to ponder on the implications of the results:

Comment by Stuart Cosgrove on November 23, 2008 at 9:30
I agree wholeheartedly Mike. I can't stand people that knock Twitter. See my blog on exactly that subject here

That said, I don't agree with is the idea that people who don't use a peice of technology have no right to challenge it. I've never been electrocuted by the electic chair but suspect its barbaric and leaves you with a charred arse. Other than that you are so right.

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