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More and more people are using Twitter as their default method of trawling the web. It’s not surprising. Once you get your bearings (and get past the obligatory stage of sneering about people “tweeting”, har har, about “what they had for breakfast”), it’s not only compelling in that familiar internet lab-rat-going-for-the-cocaine-pellet way, it’s also surprisingly useful. A well-chosen mix of Twitter friends and interesting public figures can not only deliver a kind of “social proprioception,” but can also serve as a filter for events in the larger world—if it’s important or interesting to you, there’s a good chance you’ll hear about it first on Twitter. (Of course, as a heuristic, this is only as good as the people you follow, but that’s true of social life in general.)
That said, today it occurred to me that if Twitter really is going to be a lasting piece of intarweb infrastructure, maybe I should grab the “makinglight” namespace right away. Amazingly, it was still available, and if I’ve configured Twitterfeed correctly, the newly-created makinglight account will now report and link to new posts to Making Light’s front page and to new Particles and Sidelights as well. Coming soon on Making Light: sidebar linkblogs by Abi, Avram, and Jim as well, just as soon as we can devote some more time to the great slow-motion renovation of the site.