So it wasn't until coming back to England that I had the chance to use the site again. After much experimenting, I have found that Twitter can be a great source of real-time news. Following friends, news agencies, people of influence, and even celebrities, allows you to have a constant stream of up-to-the-second news at your fingertips. And with added extras such as paper.li you can have a custom-made daily newspaper created for you just from the people you follow and the subjects they link to. That is not to say there is a fair share of pointless babble on the site, but alas, I am addicted.
There is also a powerful search function where you can search for any topic imaginable and see what people are saying about it. It also means anybody can stumble across your Twitter feed. It just so happened a couple of creative people came across my feed a few weeks ago when I was writing, what I thought was a throw away tweet, about the Large Hadron Collider being turned up to 11 for the first time (here is the news story if you can't remember). They transformed this Tweet into an illustration:
If you are on Twitter, or even if you aren't, then feel free to follow me for real-time drivel from yours truly: http://twitter.com/laowaichris And if you would like to see more tweets transformed into illustrations, then you can follow Irkafirka: http://twitter.com/irkafirka