Down economy? Blame Twitter.

I can’t figure out whether this is a joke or not – a Harvard economist blames Twitter for the economy’s downturn, matching the rise in Twitter use with the falling Dow Jones average.

The article makes some provocative points – for instance, goes one theory, since Twitter is relatively new to the social media universe, many people are still trying to get the hang of it, leading to hours of non-productive use and monitoring by people looking for a productive use for micro blogging.

On the other hand, I’d suggest the opposite cause/effect relationship may be true. With a down economy, people are looking for new ways to make money – leading to the expanded use of a new communications device.

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