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The Shorty Interview
with Heidi N. Moore

What's your best tweet?
I have to let someone else answer that. My favorite tweets are the ones that spark feisty responses and a discussion afterwards.
What are six things you could never do without?
Regular travel, my iPhone camera, some kind of news source, a Kindle, an endless supply of lemons, and a good friend.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
To track the news and good jokes about the news. I like Twitter's mix of the serious and frivolous. It exercises and relaxes the mind at once
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter. Hands down.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
I really like the quirky ones that it's surprising to see get attention, like #FedValentines or #mintthecoin
What feature should Twitter add?
Twitter lists are great forms of curation: we need to be able to add more lists and more people and highlight lists more easily.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Bill Clinton. You know he would create some priceless tweets. Meryl Streep would also be terrific at Twitter, I suspect.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Ah, the Moby Dicks of Twitter. I would get a kick out of it if @rupertmurdoch were to follow me, or maybe @kanyewest. Vivid voices.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
I regularly follow and unfollow. I see Twitter as a living thing. I unfollow most often if people don't think of others - e.g. rudeness.
Why should we vote for you?
I use Twitter as a way to share and discuss information on finance, a subject that needs more sunlight. Twitter helps provide that light.
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Definitely Guardian US, where I work now. The editors saw my work through Twitter. It's been a wonderful place to be.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#smarttakes to share their favorite analytical news stories. We've been using it at @GuardianUS and it's so helpful.
How do you make your tweets unique?
I use the "one true thing" rule - always make your tweets true, or at the very least true to your thinking.
What inspires you to tweet?
Sharing great stories and seeing how people react, and commentary about stories to see other sides. There's ALWAYS another side.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not really. Because the financial cycle starts early, I get asked whether I ever sleep. I tell the truth: I do not.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Don't be confused by the language of Twitter; start to understand its purpose: sharing, engaging and laughing at good jokes.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I've gone days without a tweet, and I usually shut down on nights and for most of the weekends. But on workdays, no more than four hours.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
These are all good questions. Maybe add "how has your view of Twitter changed during the time that you used it."
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
I only see it getting bigger, because it's so closely related to news, and more people are consuming news than ever before.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
I actually really like how @CMEGroup uses Twitter. It's a corporation, but tweets like a person who is at the center of a newsy world.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@reformedbroker makes me laugh at least three times a day. @borowitzreport ain't bad either.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it's a narcissistic pursuit. Twitter is really about other people, and sharing. It's like a great dinner party: "What do you think?"
Why should people follow you?
I still like it that people with something to say want to start a conversation. People should follow me for that news conversation.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
I like @harrisj, who peppers his feed with links and jokes. I also like @reformedbroker, a hilarious one-stop-shop for financial news
How do you decide what to tweet?
Is it good or funny enough to be worth saying out loud? I don't think of social-media sharing, but personal sharing.
Why'd you start tweeting?
Peer pressure. It was like an ABC after-school special! Just kidding. It was because Twitter became my news feed: every publication is on it.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
It has made me a better journalist by allowing me to reach readers directly and talk with them. No more ivory tower. That's important.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Interact with each other and have more discussions about news stories. Twitter discussions are the best, but often too rare.
How will the world change in the next year?
I think the world will keep questioning why our systems work the way they do: politics, finance, even sports. Questions will lead to change.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
A big Twitter faux pas is to tweet a story you saw shared by someone else, without giving them a hat tip or RT. Credit builds good will.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Better. We never know what the world will look like in the future. The trend lately has been toward incredible progress and awareness.

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