Digesting Twitter: Short Tips for Morning Catch-Up

Often I’ll find myself spending 20-60 minutes a day in a situation where I have some time to kill and my phone. Given the value I get from Twitter (breaking news and friend updates mixxed together) and the way I use twitter (not reading every tweet, just catching it when I can), I’ll often use this time to twitter.


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Twitter is famous for cell phone use, but more for SMS – which is not my style; I use three tools: m.twitter.com, TwitterBerry, and my mobile browser. Given that m.twitter doesn’t record where you where in the updates, visiting links as they look interesting and then going back and finding your place can be a real hassle.  I create a twitter digest. I go through and make an email draft of links that look good, notes i want to keep, or ideas I have. Here’s an example of yesterday morning’s digest:

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http://tinyurl.com/34bwp4

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http://tinyurl.com/2qy4sz

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http://tinyurl.com/2qr6a8

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http://tinyurl.com/399qn9

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http://twitter.com/confession

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jowyang: Quotable looks about half accurate for this thread http://tinyurl.com/3yzcol 3 minutes ago

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http://tinyurl.com/3bkael

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http://tinyurl.com/3xhmbq

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http://mashable.com/2008/03…

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http://tinyurl.com/38yh6c

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http://tinyurl.com/2qmy3p

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http://tinyurl.com/2zsd3f

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http://tinyurl.com/2l9sns

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http://tinyurl.com/3du44p

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http://snurl.com/22gpo

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apenny: Tyler Perry (20 Mill movie this weekend) is such a fabulous rags to riches tale.

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http://www.google.com/searc…

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http://tinyurl.com/3384fe (doesn’t display on blackberry? Wtf ?)

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http://tinyurl.com/3dw4tu

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rycaut: I wax a bit surprised to OH people complaining about the nudity which I think says more about Americans than the filmmakers about 11 hours ago
\nrycaut: btw The Bank Job was quite good if not particularly surprising (not The Usual Suspects but a fun period crime caper) about 11 hours ago

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Follow @garyvee @warriors @Pistachio?

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–8pm last night–
\nSent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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As you can see, it’s mostly links, mixed in with notes about two films I want to see and a service I wanted to try but had yet to. I wanted to reply to some messages that I saw while making this digest, when that happened I switched to TwitterBerry (so as not to lose my place) and posted the reply. Then it’s simply an action of visiting these sites in order until something else needs to be done – if I get a chance to do something more productive, I email the unfinished list to myself for checking when I get back to my machine.

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Creating this digest takes me 10-20 minutes depending on volume and interestingness of my friends, and it’s easy to make sure I see everything interesting tweeted over a period of time. Also, in case you’re wondering, the above digest represents 13 hours of activity.

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17th August 1973: An American tattoo artist working on a client's shoulder. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)
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In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.


Image from the study.

As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.

Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.

"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.

It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.

Image by authors of the study.

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“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."

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