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All a-Twitter

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8122
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Last week a storm battered Glasgow, and this was posted on Twitter: “Edinburgh, you can take our wheelie bins but you can’t take our banter, Glasgow.” I am wary of social media because those with 1000 friends on Facebook are socially bankrupt. I fear they will be left with no real friends at all, just false avatars. Friendship is the most precious but rarest social commodity. I delayed using Twitter, but last week I started. Twitter is an amazing source of news and information and its brevity makes it very accessible. So on …

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