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10 Tweets That'll Restore Your Faith In The Internet

The Internet can be a cesspool of hate and vain self-promotion — but sometimes it's just the opposite. I want the Internet to become a better, nicer place; so here are a few tweets I stumbled across that I found meaningful enough to share. Caution: some of these tweets may contain strong language and good ideas.

10 Tweets That'll Restore Your Faith In The Internet
We start off with Erin Kissane, an editor from Brooklyn, who has some great career advice that I wish every new graduate would take to heart:
Next is Xeni Jardin, a brilliant blogger and thinker. She is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Lots of people share workout habits on Twitter, but she added some medical knowledge to her update:

And she also reminded everyone to not worry about internet trolls:

Now we hear from international best-selling author Paulo Coelho, who tells you about the best drug EVER.


Seriously, even his tweets about traveling read like proverbs:

Then there's Tim Trueman, who works for Twitter in San Francisco, with a reminder to #treatyoself this holiday season. Money is fleeting!

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., tells you to smile — for the sake of those around you.

And this one from his Thanksgiving day tweets was sublime:

Lastly, here are some from author and economist Umair Haque that should keep you thinking:

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Justin's determination to save the frogs and help the planet got a massive boost when he met legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.

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