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Twitter, the new literary salon

When I started tweeting there were almost no celebrities. But there were people like myself, people who not only want to express themselves, but need to do it. People that had found a way to communicate with the whole world at once.

In Sweden the celebrity hype on Twitter came and went. The celebs, having caught thousands of followers, have decidedly left the building after claiming what fame they already had IRL, in this new medium. The only difference is that the celebrities made more people come to Twitter to talk and, most of all, to listen.

It was while I was listening I first noticed the writer Raul Ramos. What caught my attention was arguments. He argued fiercly on subjects I can relate to: he argued against stereotypes, he argued against discrimination; most of all he argued against racism.

I began following him, he returned the favor and after we had exchanged a couple of phrases I checked out his site and read the first chapter of his book America Libre and realized that we, in spite of being on the other side of the planet, had things in common. We write because we want change.

Thanks to Twitter, I know that if I come by Rauls city in a distant future, we'll take a cup of coffee and continue our ongoing conversation on how to write the world into a better place.
/Augustin Erba

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I'm grateful to Twitter as well

The U.S. media is fascinated with Twitter at the moment. But the reporting typically focuses on the narcissistic musings of celebrities and twenty-somethings tweeting about the kind of latte they had that morning. What the media coverage misses is the global links being formed on Twitter by communities of mutual interests. Thank you, Augustin, for sharing the potential of Twitter with the literary community.

Along with excellent sites like the Red Room, social media like Twitter will help writers across the world share their messages.

Raul