@MayorEmanuel's Creator, Dan Sinker, at the Personal Democracy Forum

What a profane Twitter novel has taught Sinker about how information flows on the Web

Our old friend Dan Sinker, who outed himself as the author of the @MayorEmanuel Twitter account here on TheAtlantic.com, gave a talk today at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York about what happened after our story.

"Just an hour and forty-five minutes after the news broke, the real-time Web had delivered newsmen onto my front stoop," Sinker said. It's true, too. I remember his stunned emails from that time, which could probably be distilled into three letters: WTF.

In this talk, he uses that experience as a jumping off point for looking at real-time information distribution at web-scale.

Oh, and in other Sinker news, the @MayorEmanuel saga is coming out in book form on September 13.

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