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Or, you could have checked when I started on Twitter -- easy enough to do -- look, October 2007. Holy cow! Does that mean I was before innovators? And yes, this is my opinion on my blog, thank you very much.

How about we use our real name and email address, in the spirit of real conversation? The IP does give people away... "Gina".

One of the downsides of expressing your opinion on social media like Twitter and blogs like this is you will also stir things up - even upset people in a big way. From a reader perspective - you lost all credibility by opening your article with a ridiculous statement that you were a thought leader on Twitter - first to mention in April of 2010 - (so funny it's beyond ludicrous) discussing a concept that is years old. On a product adoption curve Twitter is blown through the innovator (they moved on in 2008), early adopter (2009) and probably leaving the early majority (2010) stage now. This isn't a measurable science - there is more opinion out there though it is already into the maturity stage of its development.

So for someone to think they are expressing a new thought about Twitter at this stage is pretty lame and ridiculous. How about an honest conversation - that you are late to the game on Twitter and have a mainstream view - certainly not thought leading or innovative!

The conversation of how more current Twitter is than google, news feeds etc is years old - with thousands upon thousands of mentions about this use of twitter long before your April 2010 post.

Valeria - Get real

Valeria - interesting points, all. But I have to question the idea of tweeps vetting one another or issuing corrections based on being on the scene; IMHO, that is where twitter and other citizen journalism continues to falls short. You point out that journalists don't have time or resources to verify their stories a day later. But who's verifying the citizen journalist? Again, without proper guidelines and a foundation to direct efforts, it's almost impossible to accurately determine what's true, what's subjective and what is driven by private interests. Although the same could be argued about media these days, I maintain that it is within some (not all) journalists' interests to start from a place of integrity. It's when business and personal interests get in the way that it all goes to shit.

I'm open to the idea but remain cynical about the ideal, if that makes sense.

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