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The five-year history of Twitter is short, especially when compared to the life, so far, of Noel Hidalgo, who describes himself as “old enough to remember when friends had black-and-white TVs and push-button cable boxes.” Yet Mr. Hidalgo has already embodied four different Twitter accounts: @TaxiNYC, where he chronicled his path to becoming a taxi driver in 2008; @NewAmsterdamize, his former feed of cycling nerdom; @noneck, his primary public Twitter identity; and a private Twitter persona where he composes personal messages “without hindrance.”
For much of the past five years, Mr. Hidalgo, 32, who lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has worked at the New York State Senate,most recently as its director of technology innovation, promoting “transparency, efficiency and participation” with the public. He is part of the city’s vanguard of civic-minded Web gurus that includesRachel Sterne, Mayor Bloomberg’s first-ever chief digital officer, with whom Mr. Hidalgo shares a regular Twitter dialogue. After this week, his last at the Senate, he will focus on several new digital projects, including New Amsterdam Ideas, an information technology consulting group he helped found to serve government agencies, news organizations and social media start-ups.
Messages from Mr. Hidalgo’s @noneck account, about 20 to 30 per day, cover a staccato burst of topics, from politics to food to the curiosities of life in New York. “Twitter not only is my primary news source, but it is my virtual workshop that allows me to tinker and hone my revolutionary ideas,” Mr. Hidalgo wrote in an e-mail. He said he spends more time tweeting each day “than Pedro Espada spent in his district campaigning for re-election.”