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A guy sends a tweet from atop of Mount Everest. 

There’s an argument about how technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, and how there are certain places where you just shouldn’t whip out your phone.  But I’m not sure where this fits. 

Last week someone sent the very first Tweet from . . . the top of Mount Everest. 

Yes, THAT Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth.  It was sent by an English mountain climber named Kenton Cool, and he did it as a marketing stunt for Samsung, the phone he used to update his Twitter page. 

He wrote, quote, “Everest summit [number] 9!  1st Tweet from the top of the world thanks to a weak 3G signal & the awesome Samsung Galaxy S2 handset!”   Mount Everest got 3G coverage for the first time in October, but Kenton is the first climber to take the time to use Twitter at the top. 

Probably because it’s not the first thing you think of when reaching a summit that’s killed over 216 people.  And because it was Kenton’s ninth time doing it, maybe the novelty has worn off for him.

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