Commitment Tuesday: Get a Twitter Account

Everything that’s happened in the Middle East this past month makes clear that Malcolm Gladwell has his head up his ass, and that social networking tools can indeed unleash rapid and breathtaking changes in society.

But these tools depend on Internet-savvy people to use them.  And so far, animal advocates have been slow to realize the potential of these tools. So today’s Commitment Tuesday asks you to take five minutes and register for a Twitter account. Once you’ve done that, join this list, and you’ll have a steady stream of the most important vegan and animal advocacy news.

It doesn’t matter whether you get ten or ten thousand people following you on Twitter. The platform provides an unequalled way to stay current on the dialog concerning veganism and factory farming, and, over time, to develop a powerful voice for animals.

Although simple to learn, wrapping your brain around Twitter takes a small investment of time. Here’s a great three minute video introduction that will tell you much of what you need to know. If you’ve got a Mac or iPhone, the free version of the Tweetie app is unbelievably good.

I can talk all day about how useful Twitter is, but nothing I can say would be as helpful as taking a few minutes to sign up and check it out. And now that doing so is this month’s Commitment Tuesday, you’ve got no excuse to hold out any longer. I promise that once you get the hang of using Twitter, you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying it earlier. It’s changed my life as a vegan news junkie, and has deepened my connections with some great food advocates.

Extra credit for this month: take another step towards social networking ninjahood by reading Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody.

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