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Bradenton Herald takes to tweeting

Alec Baldwin did it a lot. More than 4,000 times.

Charlie Sheen does it about twice a week.

Ashton Kutcher does it a little more than once a day, while millions follow along.

What we’re taking about is tweeting, where folks with Twitter accounts send out sound bites that are perfect for a multi-tasking, not-enough-time, got-just-a-second world.

Baldwin most famously tweeted about being kicked off an American Airlines flight for refusing to stop playing a game on his cell phone while his flight was stuck on the tarmac.

He made headlines with the tweet heard around the world. And then deactivated his Twitter account.

Closer to home, ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale tweets a lot, often from the Broken Egg restaurant at Lakewood Ranch.

Coaching great Nick Bollettieri tweets, too.

One of his proteges, Maria Sharapova, may tweet, as well. If you search Twitter, there are accounts that give the impression they are Maria’s. But maybe not. Maria, is it you?

Also tweeting are quite a few of us at the Bradenton Herald.

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll find out what we’re working on, what we’re thinking, and get scoops hours and hours before they are ever in print.

More importantly, you can give us a scoop. Tell us what’s on your mind, tell us what you’re working on. All that’s necessary is log onto the internet and sign up for a Twitter account, unless you already have one. In which case, you’re all set.

In the Twitter world, messages have a max of 140 characters. Brevity is not only a virtue, but an iron-clad rule.

We invite you to tell us what’s on your mind, tweet us a message, photo or both.

A good place to start is the Twitter conversation with the Bradenton Herald is Page 2A.

We have a feature there called “Tweet of the Day,” where we print the newsiest, most insightful, funniest or most interesting tweet from readers.

In Tweet of the Day, look for “Today’s Hashtag.” We throw out the topic or question of the day, and provide a hashtag for reader response. The hashtag provides a label that anyone can use to search the millions of nonrelated tweets and instantly find what you’re looking for.

For instance, when we were looking for tributes or memories of Pearl Harbor, our hashtag was #BHPearlHarbor.

In the lead up to the Palmetto and Manatee state semifinal football games, the hashtags were #BHCanes and #BHTigers. The tweeter drops the hashtag into the tweet and it allows us to quickly find you.

We are tweeting, too. For a roundup of many of our tweets, look no further than http://twitter.com/bradentonherald.

Some of my favorites this past week:

n Wade Tatangelo’s scoop: “Original Blondie lineup feat. Deborah Harry headed to Bradenton: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to headline fundraiser.”

n Laura Morel’s verdict: “Delmer Smith found guilty.”

n Marc R. Masferrer’s finding: “Hit-and-run suspect is ‘habitual’ traffic offender, according to court records.”

n Tim Wolfrum’s touting of a sports column: John Lembo gives Manatee High role players some love in today’s Herald.”

n Jennifer Rich’s slice of life: If you drop by #Firkin and Fox on E. SR26, pass along your condolences for Charlie, the resident cat who passed away recently.”

You can tweet us at @bradentonherald. Got a favorite editor or writer? You can tweet them too. We all have Twitter accounts. If you follow any of us, odds are we’ll follow you, too, because we’re really interested in what you are seeing, hearing and thinking.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021. Tweet him at @jajones1.

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