Most people who love film respect that Roger Ebert’s nod has industry strength as colossal as the emperior’s thumb.  He also wrote one of the best Twitter conversion testimonies ever in “Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!”

Like Ebert, I vowed I would never tweet.  He sums it up beautifully, “I vowed I would never become a Twit. Now I have Tweeted nearly 10,000 Tweets. I said Twitter represented the end of civilization. It now represents a part of the civilization I live in. I said it was impossible to think of great writing in terms of 140 characters. I have been humbled by a mother of three in New Delhi. I said I feared I would become addicted. I was correct.”

He nails the landing there.

When you say it right, 140 characters are entirely sufficient.

As you can probably guess, like every little swallow, every chick-a-dee, every little bird in the tall oak tree the wise old owl, the big black crow, flappin’ their wings singing go bird go, I recently began to tweet.

Rockin’ robin, tweet tweet tweet
Rockin’ robin’ tweet tweetly-tweet
Blow rockin’ robin
‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight

The Husband says it’s like Guitar Hero all over again. I am smitten. Even better, no one expects me to share tweets with the kids!

I have been awed by the generosity of shared resources and intelligence.  Tweeters point to helpful websites, share market strategies, support each other’s blogs, offer advice, post meeting opportunities, lend an ear, and offer to meet you for coffee.

Like Ebert, I have been amazed and humbled by the wit of these song birds.  Tweets can be totally random, clever, crude or timely. Steeped in real-time context, it’s conversational, but no one considers you rude if you don’t contribute.

Here are some of my favorite tweets in my short tenure on my new Twitter adventure:

Tweets are a divine example of less is more.

Like a virtual box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

You’ll be happy to know had Forrest Gump been on Twitter he could have tweeted  that.  Like many of his famous quotes, it’s under 140 characters.

There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
!