"It's an art form," he said in an e-mail interview with The Times. "It encourages minimalism, almost like a word game.
"Having said more than once 'I will never be a twit,' I now feel it is a splendid discipline . . . I link to great writing on the web. I also like to link to the unique, the beautiful, the weird.
"That day is a sad day," he said, "when a newspaperman fears to tweet."
That last line says so, so much.
I am often asked how I think journalism should intersect with new media. People sometimes want to know how I think reporters and news people should use the web.
If I could respond with one word and one word only it would be "fearlessly."