What are you twittering about?

By: Loryll Nicolaisen Journal staff writer
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“What are you doing?” There are a million different answers for this simple question posed to Twitter users. If you can keep your answer under 140 characters, and think someone out there might want to know what you’re up to, then maybe this wildly popular, simple status-update Web site is for you. The bottom line with Twitter is keeping connected with friends (“I’m going to Auburn Ale House after work today. Interested?”), family (“I got a sweet care package from my mom today — she’s the best!”) and celebrities (Shaquille O’Neal’s THE—REAL—SHAQ has some 584,000 Twitter “followers”). We asked area users why and when they Twitter. Here’s what they had to say. ArijMousa Arij Mousa * from Auburn, CA * director of computer programs, Placer School for Adults “You send a message out and you’re off. You don’t have to go back and forth. It’s kind of, FYI, I’m here, I’m there, I’m doing this, I’m doing that.” Debbiethomas Debbie Thomas * from Auburn, CA * author and Auburn Recreation District youth services program manager “I connect to my agent, to my fan base. It basically gets information to people quickly who might be interested in it. Basically I use it to keep in contact with other peers in the publishing world.” aaronklein Aaron Klein * from Colfax, CA * Sierra College trustee “As a Sierra College trustee, one of my jobs is to help connect the community with their college, and I think Twitter is a great way to do that.” marketgal Karen Fraser-Middleton * from Loomis, CA * president, Marketing Action, Inc “I use Twitter as a succinct way to communicate marketing tips, interesting news, useful links and updates on my blog to clients, vendors and professional associates.” Did you know you can follow the Journal on Twitter? If you have a Twitter account (free at you can receive breaking news and other updates from the Auburn Journal. Once logged into your Twitter account, either go to or click “Find People” and type in “Auburn Journal” to find AuburnJournal. Click the gray “Follow” box and AuburnJournal updates will be sent to your Twitter account.