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michael_nielsen
Twitter has made a huge positive impact on my life. Lots of people complain about it, so I wanted to write some notes about how I use it. Love to hear others' strategies too.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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I will unabashedly say this at the outset: my Twitter feed is filled with wonder and surprise and delight.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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Intellectually, it feels collectively like having Nobel laureates in all disciplines hanging out in the tea room just down the hall. I can pop in whenever I like, hear them noodling, occasionally contribute myself.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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Yeah, it's not all at that level. But you can skim and easily find a lot of very insightful material. It doesn't usually have the intense cumulative quality of great in-person conversation. But there's value in one-off insight, too.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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Twitter's not so close emotionally (at least, the online component, for me), but there's still something I value immensely: many people I follow are unapologetically optimistic and idealistic, always working to make the world better. I find that infectious and buoying.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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I think of Twitter as the online component of a vastly improved offline experience: a better community, better friendships, better work, a better life.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
I've met so many wonderful people here: good friends, valued collaborators, and so many far-flung interesting acquaintances. I only wish my immediate family were more active. (But hi to and !)
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
Among the wonderful people I've met directly through Twitter: , , , , , , , , @devon_zuegel, , , , and so many more.
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(((Howard Rheingold))) Mar 19
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This is nine years old:
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
Replying to @devonzuegel
Oops! That should be !
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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99% of our cities are dark matter: we know almost nothing of what is happening. Most of the people, conversations, and events that I would most enjoy I will never even hear about. Twitter changes this, in a significant way.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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I try to use Twitter as a "yes, and..." medium, riffing off others. I nearly always ignore disagreement, and try to very rarely disagree myself. It's too much like jamming with Yo-Yo Ma and pausing to point out he got a note wrong.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
Replying to @michael_nielsen
Yeah, sometimes I mess up and argue. But that makes me the guy shouting at Yo-Yo Ma that he got a note wrong. I gotta get with the program!
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
Replying to @michael_nielsen
There's definitely a place in life for good argument, a favourite pastime of mine. But with rare exceptions, Twitter isn't it!
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Max Schumacher Mar 19
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absolute best experience with "hidden gem" people who stay broadly within their topic (please no talk of children, politics or sports). Usually less than 5000 followers.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
I love following people who will share the strange and the unexpected. & & on cities. & on everything.
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Michal Wolski Mar 19
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How do you filter out all of the noise?
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
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I love following people who are relentless optimists and idealists and fallibilists - most of the people on my list.
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
I love following people who are making amazing things, or incredible art - people like , , , and .
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michael_nielsen Mar 19
Replying to @michalwols
By not following noise.
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