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Keith Olbermann tweets from exile: Twitter marks his survival

By Melissa Bell
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann (Peter Kramer/AP)

As Twitter takes on more of the role of public pulpit, going silent has become just as profound a message as the updates, especially for the prolific user of the social networking site.

Keith Olbermann is one such user, writing some 70 messages Nov. 4, talking to fans and quibbling over semantics. Then on the afternoon of Nov. 5, shortly after his suspension from MSNBC was announced, his feed went to radio silence.

Then, after only three days in Twitter "exile," as he called it, Olbermann was back with a jolly, non-apologetic tweet:

Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XOless than a minute ago via web

It gave a prelude to the MSNBC announcement to come later that evening: His suspension from MSNBC would be similarly short-lived. The talk show host would be back on air Tuesday night.

Twitters feeds gone silent give insight into the recovery process. For Rick Sanchez, fired after his comments about Jon Stewart, the return to Twitter took nearly three weeks. His tweet was decidedly less happy in comparison to Olbermann's. He announced a name change: @ricksanchezcnn, had become @ricksancheznews.

Octavia Nasr returned to the Twitter feed five days after CNN's announcement, but a different sort of silence came: All her previous tweets had been wiped clean, including the offending tweet that cost her a job at CNN.

Now that Olbermann has been reinstated, his Twitter feed has once more gone silent, and will likely stay that way until Tuesday night -- adding all the more suspense, and subsequent ratings to Olbermann's show. Sometimes you don't need 140 characters to make a statement.

By Melissa Bell  | November 8, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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