We at Crikey have a special love for Oz journo Caroline Overington, or @overingtonc as she is known in the twitterverse. Having taken the concept of Twitter and run with it, Overingtonc has gone from early tweets, where she treated the medium as a type of electronic megaphone, to this week, when she bravely twittered her phone number for sources. Now she has written an article where she considers the role of the twittering journo as a comedian. This is what she said about herself:

I like to think I’m pretty funny on Twitter, too (@overingtonc), although with me it’s mostly inadvertent. For example, when this newspaper was looking for people to interview about the budget, I put up a post that said: “Looking for a person aged about 45, who has children aged 16 or 17.” Others re-tweeted it and, by the end of the day, the message had become: “overingtonc is looking for somebody under four-foot-five, with 16 or 17 kids” and I was getting calls from dwarfs in Darfur.

Inadvertent? We love you Overingtonc! Especially when you tweet about roast chicken:

Peter Fray

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