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Defeat the Tweet

10:53 a.m. – Ugh. I hate mornings. I really don’t want to go to class.
12:03 p.m. – I’m sooo hungry. Lunch then more class. : (
3:07 p.m. – Oh my god. People are so frustrating!!
5:31 p.m. – Just got a call from my mom. Aunt Becky is having another kid!!!! Hope it’s a boy this time lol!
7:13 p.m. – “But did you know, that when it snows, my eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seeen?” – Seal
9:26 p.m. – At the lib. Sooo much homework tonight. Kill me.
10:02 p.m. – Omg… The guy next to me at the library is wearing a Byron football shirt. Tigers suck!  Go Cogs!!!! Lol j/k
1:02 a.m. – Finished with homework. Finally time for bed. Goodnight!!
Just think about it. If I used Twitter, you could read this type of earth-shattering information about me every day.
At any given moment, you could know my schedule for the day and what I was thinking at the time.
Maybe, if you’re lucky enough, we would even have an inside joke that I could reference in one of my Tweets!
However, there is one fact that makes me reluctant to join the fast-growing phenomenon known as Twitter – nobody on the planet would ever want to know any of this information.
Perhaps this is going to sound a little selfish, but I cannot express how much I don’t care about what you had for lunch or what song is stuck in your head.
Now, before I get too far into this anti-Twitter rant, I do realize that there are other, slightly more relevant features to micro-blogging than describing in 140 characters or less how totally blown away by “Lost” you were this week.
I understand that news sources use Twitter to post links to interesting stories and photos with the hopes of convincing people to visit their Web sites. But what does that say about where our country goes to find their news?
Has it really come to the point where we need to sneak tantalizing bits of news into our social networking sites to convince people to get informed?
I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that use Twitter only for those kinds of educational purposes, but I’m also sure that there is a much larger group of people who use it for the asinine reasons described above.
Let’s be honest, Facebook has the ability to connect users from all over the world and allow us to broaden our understanding of foreign culture without ever leaving our computer chairs. 
However, Facebook also has the ability to allow Mary to post drunken photos from the totally awesome “Anything But a Cup” party she was at last weekend, which seems to be far more practical technology for most users.
What makes anybody think people will treat Twitter any differently?
I guess I’m in the vast minority on this issue because it seems as if Twitter is everywhere. The word has infiltrated the workplace, classes and TV and, according to Nielsen.com, Twitter membership saw a growth of 1,328 percent in February alone.
But there are plenty of other options that already exist to serve the exact same function as Twitter.
If you feel you need to show people how incredibly witty you can be, write a screenplay.
If you honestly care what your friends are doing at any given moment, call them, text them, e-mail them or maybe even try talking to them face-to-face.
And finally, if you need Twitter to keep up to date on what celebrities such as AplusK are doing throughout the day … then I don’t know. Get another job or something.
D.J. Piehowski is a junior journalism major from Genoa. He is the Scout assistant sports editor.
D.J.’s just jealous he doesn’t have anything interesting to Tweet about.
Direct questions, comments and other responses to dpiehowski@mail.bradley.edu.
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