I’ve decided that it’s time to join Twitter in addition to blogging and publishing my complimentary ezine, The Harper Report. Why? Because I’m convinced that communicating by headlines consisting of 140 characters or less is only going to increase in popularity as uncertainty increases in response to unrelenting and unprecedented changes. The fact is the more uncertainty we face, the more we crave information. And Twitter definately delivers. Coincidentally, the moment I finished sending out my first Tweet, I noticed that The Ann Arbor News (the daily from the city where I grew up) had just announced the end of its print edition, which will be replaced with an online newspaper. While the end of a print newspaper is sad, what makes this story especially significant is there’s no other print newspaper that serves Ann Arbor. Online media has been supplementing print for awhile, however it now appears that we’ve reached the point where Twitter, blog posts, and other online publications can totally replace hard copy newspapers and magazines. Or can it? There are still many people who don’t go online for local news. I wonder how their communication needs will be served. Could print media finally be going the way of horse and buggy? I hope not. Even though we save natural resources by going online, there’s nothing like the smell and feel of a print newspaper when relaxing over coffee on a Sunday morning. Get it while it lasts.