Strike! Joel Stein Wants You to Join His Twitter Union

With the social network going public, TIME columnist wants Tweeting big shots to start billing by the character

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As one of America's premier content providers, I spend a lot of time crafting words so they'll totally have, like, a lot of impact. In return for writing those words, I am paid handsomely by the word for having written those words.

And yet I have allowed Twitter to exploit my talents, as I've idiotically typed nearly 45,000 words--about half a book--on its platform for free. Sure, that half-book would consist of hack jokes about current events instead of a researched, deeply emotional personal narrative about our culture, but nearly 1 million people follow me on Twitter, whereas only about 16,000...

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