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Econ Mentoring Via Twitter

As some of you may have noticed, I’m coming back from a rather long break from blogging. But it wasn’t just a break from blogging, it was also a break from social media. And there’s good news and there’s better news.

The good news is that I’m back to writing here. Well, good for me, at any rate – your mileage may vary. And the better news? I haven’t once felt like going back to social media. Facebook I gave up on a long time ago, while LinkedIn is a place I log in once every week or so.

But Twitter? Ah, Twitter. What a website it is. And yes, still is. Sure there’s outrage, and sure there is outrage about the outrage. And every now and then (and more now and less then, if you ask me) there is outrage about the outrage about the outrage. And there’s yelling, and name-calling, and abuse, and all the rest of it. You know the drill.

But there still exist parts of Twitter where people happily ignore everything else, and continue to cheerfully share facts, information, thoughts, ruminations and reflections. The challenge, of course, is to learn to happily stew about in these parts, rather than muck about in OutrageLand.

And since I have been unable to do as much, I currently snoop about on Twitter anonymously, looking for interesting nuggets, helpful threads, fascinating facts and the like, resolutely ignoring the call of the controversial.

All of which is a very roundabout way of saying two things:

  1. If you’ve tweeted at me and I haven’t responded, my apologies, but don’t hold your breath.
  2. Twitter threads on Saturdays will still continue, and I hope to get better at snooping around anonymously.

And so on to today’s Twitter thread:

If you know of mentoring programs from econ students the world over, please do share with the rest of us 🙂

Old, by Twitter Standards, But A Useful Read on Hotstar

Michael Pettis on The Continued Inevitability of the Dollar’s Dominance

Paul Poast on Daylight Savings Time

I will happily admit to not seeing the point, and wishing that this didn’t exist. But in case you were wondering why DST is around in the first place, read on:

Note that the idea has been around since before the first world war – it was operationalized in 1916.

What’s Been Happening This Week in China?

But also, do see this:

Sam Lessin on AI and the Kardashians

Not a Twitter thread, per se, which is what I usually prefer to share on Saturdays – but this really is a Twitter thread masquerading as a single tweet.

More importantly, the best (by which I mean the most succinct) description of AI in the context of content for social media that I have seen (h/t Ben Thompson):

Sharmaji ka beta, the global edition

Michael Nielsen Asks About Principles

… and I hope you can spend some time on the lovely answers that his followers shared with him:

Rathin Roy on Michael Pettis’ Thread on Adam Tooze’s Newsletter

Which, by definition, makes it self-recommending!