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Elevated Risk of Tweets

People assume that because I’m a numbers geek, I’m also a technology and/or social networking geek. But that’s not really the case. There are a lot of different types of geeks!

I’ve been particularly reluctant to get into the whole Twitter thing, mainly because I don’t see how I can use it without either (i) creating more work for myself, or (ii) become too tempted to substitute 140-character snap judgments for detailed and thoughtful analysis of the sort this website is known for.

With that said, there are times when Twitter can be useful. We used it during the Democratic Convention in Denver when finding a stable Internet connection was more difficult than finding a Fred Thompson for President bumper sticker, and I’m going to be using it a bit more going-forward when I’m traveling or “on site” somewhere — as I will be tonight at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

At times when I expect to be Twittering … er … tweeting … you’ll see an update box in the top right-hand corner of the page. At times when I don’t expect to be tweeting — which is the majority of the time — the Twitter box will be given Baltic-and-Mediterranean type placement on the page or may be entirely absent. You can also follow our twitter feed at any time by clicking here.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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