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Prince Shows Up on Twitter. Selfies, Pictures of Food Follow.

Maybe this Twitter thing has some legs to it, after all.

Prince, the musician who was huge in the ’80s and is now best known for fighting YouTube, has officially taken to Twitter, using the @3rdeyegirl handle. Twitter has verified the account, and Twitter’s @Twittermusic account has double-blessed it, so that’s about as rock-solid as things get in a world where everyone knows you’re a dog. (Meaning: Who knows, really.)

Anyway, Prince is doing what all early Twitter users do — he’s posting photos of himself and what he eats. There are 36,000 people watching this right now, but let’s assume that number goes up a bit shortly.

FWIW: Prince is much less successful at fighting DailyMotion, which has all kinds of stuff that YouTube quashes. (Maybe that’s why Yahoo wanted to buy it?)

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald