I am not very experienced with Twitter. I rarely tweet and slightly more often, I read tweets from those who I follow, which is not many. I hope I don't sound superior and smug. I just don't have the time. I make time for my blog, but the rest of socialising over the net is very optional for me. But there is more to Twitter than just socialising. It is also a very useful tool.
People and media are thundering about censorship of Twitter. Oddly they want it censored, rather than the usual of pushing for less censorship. Our Treasurer is annoyed because he can't find a phone number on the Twitter website to call and lodge a complaint. No one else seems to be able to find a phone number either.
What a lot of nonsense. Twitter gives you means to communicate with who you want and when you want. I hate myself for using such grown up words, but it is a facilitator for communication and nothing more. It offers a format for communication. It does not ask you to join, to participate or to add followers or follow others. It only offers the facility.
The thought that it should be censored or is to blame or be responsible for what people say is ludicrous. If you are quite computer literate, you have a damn site better chance of finding out who says something nasty about you on Twitter than you have of finding out who sent you a nasty letter through the post using words cut from a magazine.
While the principle of people being responsible for their actions remains, Twitter users are responsible for who they communicate with over the net. Twitter doesn't do the evil, people do (I am aware of my inconsistency with 'guns don't kill people...'). A good tradie doesn't blame his or her tools.