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I've used Twitter regularly since 2008. My intention is not to try and claim that I was using the service before it was cool; I'm not entirely sure I was. My point is simply that, for about four years now, I've become increasingly prone to tweeting without thinking. It's more of a prosthesis, an extension of myself, than it is a service. At the time of this writing, I've posted 17,360 tweets. That's almost eleven tweets a day, every day, for four years. More important than the quantity of tweets, however, is their content; you'll find no better representation of my personality.
-There are tweets about my ongoing love affair with pickles ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/237909972845989891), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/181827744177471490), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/181850241677533184)). There's the ongoing epic around a teddy bear that is far more awesome than he has any right to be ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/253205166713606144), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/228026749231976448), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/209578417073557504), [4](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/210383246503067648), [5](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/212796718834655232), [6](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/216209161757786113), [7](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/187942048291225601)). There are my frank admissions that I'm absolutely crazy ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/253310599184936960), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/219846725056204800), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/229548185536835584), [4](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/191441955295727616), [5](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/171635085362212864), [6](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/150873123229671424), [7](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/129781120601563138)). There are moments of clarity, when I realise how fortunate I am ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223447925387309056), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/128909896895832065)). There are times where I publicly harangue my good friend, [Dylan](http://dstaley.me) ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223530561652785152), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223524945983057920)) (and, when he's lucky, [shower praise on him](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/46782256857092096)). There are jokes about what an asshole I am ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223551826258169857), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/229561938391203840)), or how inappropriate I can sometimes be ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223793465920733184), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/127399820594905088), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/127600022610124800), [4](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/42739443421032448), [5](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/45983292222214144), [6](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/107602520133746688), [7](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/992113974)). There is my ongoing fascination with injuring myself in odd ways ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/227743566674395136), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/206887198727999489), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/186214559185510400)). There are my [moments](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/229530231088758784) of [hubris](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/182552841725022208). There's my ongoing adventure with (prescribed) medication ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/230432235893964801), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/179097445945458688)). There's my [love affair](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/232212555601424386) with [Call Me Maybe](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/232357011650670592). There's my refusal to accept the way [education](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/201988502718648321) and [employment](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/196976483854598144) work. There are my public resignations to failure ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/206542282382512128), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/217433358580449282), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/29654692283813888)) and my shared [exuberance at success](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/127905853109043200). There's my [love of dancing](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/189179814261956610). There are admissions that a project is not going as well as I'd like ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/161190210976227330), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/128003752698449920)). There are [pep talks to myself](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/162582849931853824). There's my [unique way of describing things I love](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/165036297306640385). There's my war against my roommate's demon kittens ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/168057629665529858), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/147591100637519872)). There are [silly parodies of pop songs](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/170660140599615488) I make up because I'm crazy. There's [my refusal]((https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/126009522824298497) to [act my age](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/106007217576214531). There are moments when I [dare to dream](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/56037491454644224)—even if it's [a silly dream](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/24902547073).
+There are tweets about my ongoing love affair with pickles ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/237909972845989891), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/181827744177471490), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/181850241677533184)). There's the ongoing epic around a teddy bear that is far more awesome than he has any right to be ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/253205166713606144), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/228026749231976448), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/209578417073557504), [4](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/210383246503067648), [5](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/212796718834655232), [6](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/216209161757786113), [7](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/187942048291225601)). There are my frank admissions that I'm absolutely crazy ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/253310599184936960), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/219846725056204800), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/229548185536835584), [4](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/191441955295727616), [5](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/171635085362212864), [6](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/150873123229671424), [7](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/129781120601563138)). There are moments of clarity, when I realise how fortunate I am ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223447925387309056), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/128909896895832065)). There are times where I publicly harangue my good friend, [Dylan](http://dstaley.me) ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223530561652785152), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223524945983057920)) (and, when he's lucky, [shower praise on him](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/46782256857092096)). There are jokes about what an asshole I am ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223551826258169857), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/229561938391203840)), or how inappropriate I can sometimes be ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/223793465920733184), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/127399820594905088), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/127600022610124800), [4](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/42739443421032448), [5](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/45983292222214144), [6](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/107602520133746688), [7](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/992113974)). There is my ongoing fascination with injuring myself in odd ways ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/227743566674395136), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/206887198727999489), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/186214559185510400)). There are my [moments](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/229530231088758784) of [hubris](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/182552841725022208). There's my ongoing adventure with (prescribed) medication ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/230432235893964801), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/179097445945458688)). There's my [love affair](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/232212555601424386) with [Call Me Maybe](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/232357011650670592). There's my refusal to accept the way [education](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/201988502718648321) and [employment](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/196976483854598144) work. There are my public resignations to failure ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/206542282382512128), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/217433358580449282), [3](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/29654692283813888)) and my shared [exuberance at success](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/127905853109043200). There's my [love of dancing](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/189179814261956610). There are admissions that a project is not going as well as I'd like ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/161190210976227330), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/128003752698449920)). There are [pep talks to myself](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/162582849931853824). There's my [unique way of describing things I love](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/165036297306640385). There's my war against my roommate's demon kittens ([1](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/168057629665529858), [2](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/147591100637519872)). There are [silly parodies of pop songs](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/170660140599615488) I make up because I'm crazy. There's [my refusal](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/126009522824298497) to [act my age](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/106007217576214531). There are moments when I [dare to dream](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/56037491454644224)—even if it's [a silly dream](https://twitter.com/paddyforan/status/24902547073).
Twitter has all of these things, archived, [stored forever](http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2010/04/how-tweet-it-is-library-acquires-entire-twitter-archive/) as a digital representation of me in the purest form I can think of. Most, if not all, of the people I meet through Twitter end up becoming good friends. I feel as if I already know them, because they've been so well represented by their tweets.
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