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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:40 AM
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Can Anyone Give Me Information About How To "Twitter" Or "Tweat?" My Daughter Got
an account online but doesn't know HOW it works. Myself, I'm no techie and don't really care if I "tweat" or not, but she doesn't blog much and wants to "tweat" or "twitter" whichever word is correct.

I posted this at "personal computer" also.


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AnnieBW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:44 AM
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1. www.twitter.com
It's all the rage for the teenagers, and a lot of adults, too. I was just at a conference that was using Twitter for backchannel discussions, and it was very interesting. Especially because one prolific Tweeter (twit?) was a rabid RW-er, who was bashing the policy-makers at every turn. The one woman from Qorvis (tech policy organization) smacked him down good.

I just joined for the conference. It's rather confusing as these things go, and I say this as a techie.
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:56 AM
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5. Yeah, I'm not a big twitter fan.
I hang out on Facebook more often - there's more things to do there.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:46 AM
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2. They forgot to tell you that you must have a pre-frontal lobotomy first, THEN you can tweet - n/t
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:49 AM
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3. I want to get Twitter on my laptop...
So I can go to the bathroom and give up to the second reports on how it's all coming out.

Because frankly, it's the only use of Twitter that makes any sense to me.
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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:55 AM
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4. Yours is the best use of twitter
although Republicans tweeting their empty musings during Obama's address to Congress is up there.
In terms of content, it's a tie.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:22 PM
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14. I guess this makes me an old fuddy, but I think it's really rude of
them to have been "tweeting" during his speech...or any speech, for that matter.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:28 PM
Response to Reply #14
16. Electronics
has made many things formerly considered rude socially acceptable, unfortunately.

My pet peeve is the clown who has to have a cell phone conversation in the public bathroom!
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:42 PM
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41. A agree with that.
Some things should be kept private, even in a public restroom. I like to flush the toilet several times just to "drown" out the conversation.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:00 PM
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8. My favorite corporate motto: Things come out a little different at Uranus Corporation
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 12:02 PM by lapfog_1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=008BPUdQ1XA

(warning: graphic Groove Tube clip)
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:12 PM
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12. All Of You Are Really "On" Today!! Didn't Expect This Kind Of Response, But
find the replies over flowing with information!
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:36 PM
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20. over flowing?!!!
you'll need one of these!



Seriously, sign up for an account and then, from your favorite web interface device (desktop, laptop, cell phone, etc), log in and type in the box provided. Up to 140 characters per message. You can select
a "channel" to tweet to by searching for it in the search box.

Not much to it really. If you can post to DU, you can tweet (technically speaking).
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:39 PM
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21. See, I Told Ya! I KNEW You Guys Were "Techies" & Just Jerking My Chain!!! n/t
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:29 PM
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25. I predicted that someone else would jump in and explain in gory detail.

Yeah, I'm a techie. Yeah, I really did *invent* the internet (actually wrote code for the IMPs back in
the mid-1970s when it was the ARPAnet). OK, didn't really "invent"... but there were only 12 computers
connected to it when I got started. I don't understand the need to twitter about your life... if someone
really cares that much about what you are doing minute to minute, they should be with you. Otherwise
they should be MORE PRESENT in their own lives and those that actually ARE near them. But that's just
me. Perhaps if I was 12 again, I would understand it better.

All that being said, I have a twitter account and, when the terrorist attack in Mumbai happened, read
the twitters on it with a bit of fascination. Twitters from people there in the places where it was
happening. A different perspective than the filtered and slow news stories. Did it contribute to
a better understanding of the event... not really, more like I was vicariously watching from the passenger
seat in a car that was driving by a really bad highway accident. Not sure that is either healthy or
productive.

I would tell you daughter that social networking online is fun, but having friends over to actually
run around with and play games with is MORE fun.

(That said, I'm sitting here in my office typing at you in a social networking forum... so a bit of hypocrisy on my part)
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:12 PM
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26. Impressive... Very Impressive! I'm Always Amazed By What I Learn Here At DU...
I've known for some time now that IF I have a question or problem, all I have to do is put it out there and zap, there it is. I'm so far down the techie pole that there are times I have no idea what people are talking about. I understand "politics" much better and it's an addiction I can't break, even when I can't stand hearing so much crap! But I did work for a printing company that used a Lino-type and we read ASCII tapes. I was a typesetter and it was back in the late 70's too!

Kudos to you, but I have seen your name before, just never interacted with you. Thanks for the input and now I won't forget you either! I don't think I'm interested in Twitter, but my daughter is the inquisitive type. I'm surprised she didn't "get it" since she's always been one to take things apart, PC's and the like, then put them back together. She drives me crazy because she rarely reads instructions!

Thanks again for the fun AND the information!
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:57 AM
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6. FFS I hope this garbage wears out quick
It's just a megaphone for the add-afflicted vanity types
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:29 PM
Response to Reply #6
17. I take heart
in the fact that CB radio was all the rage about thirty to thirty-five years ago, and that died out.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:32 PM
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18. Good Point! Also 8-Tracks & VHS & Many Other Things Too...
Geez, the NEWSPAPERS are almost gone now!!!
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:12 PM
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24. Well, they were replaced by better technologies
that just did the same thing. I suppose that you could make the case that cell phones replaced CB radios, but the idea of just listening to one big fat party line was what made CB popular, and when we use cell phones, we direct our calls to specific individuals, even if we just want to talk nonsense.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:16 PM
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27. Sometimes Cell Phones Really Bother Me... I'm In A Grocery Store Or Some Place
and I hear talking, and no matter that I really know they aren't talking to me, I always turn around as if I should answer!! We took care of my mother-in-law for almost 10 years and I stayed home most of the time so didn't get one until recently!

I waaaaay behind the times!
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:03 PM
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42. Businesses, news gathering orgs, emergency responders are developing innovative
ways to take advantage of a new communications platform. So maybe the garbage might not wear out as quickly as you might wish.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:59 AM
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7. First you login
Then you click "home". There will be a little "update" box and you put a short note in there. You can search for interests and then build up people you follow that are related to your interest.

If you want to respond to a tweet, put your mouse over the box and a little arrow will pop up. Click on it and you can respond.

I tweet Pacific Coast updates, and follow similar tweets, twitterers, whatever, on the west coast. I've only been doing this a month or two so I have no real opinion as to the effectiveness. I do know I sometimes prefer a quick "tweet" to a full blog post.

http://twitter.com/pacific101
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:18 PM
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13. Thanks For Your Information... I'm Going To Forward This Thread To My
daughter. She DOES have a laptop "tandalayo" on the pot! I happen to know that you and some others are actually very informed PC'ers, but your replies were spot on.

Thanks sandnsea, I won't be doing it but my daughter can't wait to tweet!!
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:03 PM
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9. It's a social networking tool.
Once you've signed up, you tweet. You enter something into the text box & send.

If you want to see what's been twittered on a specific subject, go here:

http://search.twitter.com /

Enter something into the search box & it will bring up the latest tweets on the subject. I know some women who use it to source out new business. For example, a friend entered "Excel spreadsheet help" & found someone who needed help with his business spreadsheets. He's now a client of hers. You have to wade through some crap, though.

It's interesting that some politicians have been caught tweeting when they shouldn't have. You would think they, of all people, would be cognizant of "no expectation of privacy."
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:06 PM
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10. Even better tool for watching tweets is
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:11 PM
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11. My best advice, don't
You will soon get bored reading about other peoples' diet, how they walk the dog, and all the other myriad of minutia that gets broadcast out over Twitter.

I'm really hoping that this goes away soon, but sadly I don't think it will, just another monument to how vapid and self absorbed our society has become.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:26 PM
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15. And Another THING I Would Have To Learn, Just To Keep Up With All The Rest!!
Things just move along so fast these days, it's just too hard to stay "with it!"

I prefer right here where I'm at, and here I don't even know half of what "most" do!! I've been wanting to use a picture of my dog as an avatar, and yes I know I can find it in "research" but just haven't done it.

Thanks again...

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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:18 PM
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28. If that's what you think, you're doing it wrong. You choose the people
you "follow".
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:47 PM
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31. Yes, thank you, I fully realize that you choose the people you "follow"
That still is no guarantee that the people that you're "following" are doing anything more interesting than eating, walking the dog, etc. After all, it is the minutia of life than connects all those highlights, which generally tend to be few and far between.
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:55 PM
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33. If they bore you, you simply "unfollow" them. It's that easy. NT
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:32 PM
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19. Here's a nice video overview
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:42 PM
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22. Okay... Now I Have To Send More To Her! I'm Sure This Will Be Helpful... Thanks! n/t
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:53 PM
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23. Its quicker to just get a frontal lobotomy
And it has the same effect as long term tweeting.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:18 PM
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29. Why Oregone??? Wrong Spelling, But A Place I Want To Visit Before I Die! n/t
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:25 PM
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32. Well....
Thats how people in the south pronounce it sometimes...which I thought was funny (I spent some time there).

But I was born in Oregon and raise there before I left the states for good. So now Im gone. Thought it was fitting.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:18 PM
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36. Hmmmm.... I've Lived In The South Most Of My Life & I Guess You're Correct....
I say Ore-gone. Do you actually pronounce it Ore-gun? I really don't, I just know I want to visit the state as soon as possible. It looks so beautiful and refreshing from what I've seen in pictures. Can't say why I've been captivated by the state, don't have any relatives or know anyone who lives there, but I'm drawn there for some reason. I live 3 feet below sea level and hills are called mountains!

Ore-gone, since you're gone works for me. Where you live now is also very beautiful!
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 02:25 PM
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38. We pronounce it...
OR-a-gin. (middle syllable fast)

Not "G" as in gin. Its "G" as in gun (gah).

It is definitely a pretty state, despite the occasional rednecks that tarnish the landscape and opinion pages. But almost every place is beautiful in some way, if you are not already tired of it. If you ever can, try and take a road trip and step outside your world. Its a lovely place to step into (I recommend driving HWY 101 from north to south for a great look at the state).
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:48 PM
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39. Thanks... And Don't Worry... It's THE Place I Want To Visit & Has Been For
a very long time. Thanks for the tip about HWY 101 too! When the economy stops tanking and things look better, I'm leaving Florida and headed up there! Especially now that I know HOW to say it! Been care-taking for my mother-in-law for the past ten years, now she's in Hospice and I'm chomping at the bit! Rednecks?? Betcha we have more down here!!! Or not??

B-) :toast:
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 02:51 PM
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43. Oregon has its fair share...
There is a huge misconception about how liberal Oregon really is. Many of the communities are ran by ex-hippy/yuppy Christian Fellowships that have morphed into very right-wing organizations. Its amazing that its stayed blue for so long (thanks to Eugene and Portland). My county was very blue but you wouldn't have known it from the people you meet day to day.

Good luck. Hope you enjoy your trip! Sounds like you need one. If you find you can't bear to leave once you see the coast, buy my ocean view home! :)
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 04:05 PM
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44. Only IF You But My Five Acres Of "High & Dry" Land In Central Florida!! On The Gulf Side...Ha! n/t
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:19 PM
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30. So that's your excuse.
:evilgrin:
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Gin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:34 PM
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34. if a person posts on twitter...why aren't the posts called "twits" instead of tweets
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:41 PM
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35. Because the mascot is a bird. And birds "tweet". Leo Laporte's company is
called TWIT (This Week in Tech), and although Leo is a major Twitterer he has 96,000 followers there might be some copyright problems.

https://twitter.com/LeoLaporte
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:23 PM
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37. MORE Informatrion I Didn't Know! This Week In Tech, Got It Now... n/t
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:54 PM
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40. Mass text/instant messaging has its place in the field of communication tools...
Not a big place, but a valid one. Liveblogging, for example, is perfect for twittering.

Just because many, most even, of the current uses of twitter are fucking jackass stupid, doesn't mean that all possible uses of twitter are.
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