“Do you Tweet?” Christine asks me, as the waitress approaches the table.
We are having lunch at The Olive Garden. It is a celebration of sorts; Christine has a new website and food blog, Pudbudder. Tricia’s, children’s book, “Detective You’re” is in the hands of an illustrator, and my short story, “Wheels of Circumstance” is an FWA selection.
The waitress interrupts to tell us the specials and ends by saying, “I’ll be back to take your order.”
“I have a Twitter account but never Twit?” I responded
“It’s Tweet, you tweet, not twit on Twitter.” Twitter links to LinkedIn and can increase your followers. I have 452 followers. I’m doing resumes for people in Australia”
Tricia and I, thankful to know someone tech savvy are impressed, and leap on the opportunity to ask questions we feel too stupid to otherwise ask.
“If it is called twitter, why do you tweet and not twit?”
Soft spoken Tricia inquires politely, “What’s Twitter?”
“Twitter is an online social networking service where people can send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets’.” Wikipedia’s definition; “a short burst of inconsequential information, and ‘chirps from birds’.” Christine says smiling.
“I think I was a bird in a former life,” I comment.” But why characters? Why not spaces?”
Tricia asks, “Couldn’t they send a short email?”
“I don’t know.” Christine rolls her eyes and continues, “This is like trying to convince cavemen they’d be better off using matches.”
The waitress is back and takes our orders.
When she is gone, Christine leans across the table to Tricia and questions, “Do you know what a hash tag is?”
“Don’t be a twerp, how would I know about hash?” Is Tricia’s not so polite, reply.
“It’s a number sign, # you can use it to share a twitter story.” Christine taunts and proceeds to inform us; Twitter is undergoing changes and now has Tweetups, Tweetie, New Twitter, and Retweets.
I have a headache.
We leave the restaurant two hours later laughing about Twitter, tweets and twits.
Later that evening I login in to my Twitter account, take the Twitter -Tour and learn, one has to follow to get followers.
So, who will I follow?
Mr. Wonderful is watching the ALDS series, the Yankees are playing Baltimore. I type Yankee in the search bar. Mike Blooomberg, aka Mayor of NYC, tweets, “Go Yankees”
Ruth Westheimer, aka Dr. Ruth, Psychosexual Therapist,(I am surprised is still alive) tweets, “So-A-Rod benched”
Nothing exciting is happening here.
I plan to watch Blue Bloods on CBS and figure the TV program is a safe search.
Jim Wahlberg, Dorchester, MA, no known relation to Danny, Donnie Wahlberg, real life brother to Mark Wahlberg well know for the movies, Ted and The Fighter is tweeting, really flirting with Paula NKOTB.
Not of interest to me.
However, Donnie was recently interviewed by Gayle King, of whom I am a big fan. She asks an interesting question, waits and respects the answer. Sunday morning Gayle tweeted she’d been to Streisand concert and to the Barclay for burger bash with her favorite mayor. I am jealous.
Gayle has 589, 454 followers and one more, me.
As of today I have one follower, dear Christine, but who is counting.
Hi Claudia – I love your gentle way of introducing us to tech changes we should be considering. I am a Twitter “rabbit” which means I created an account, got freaked when the first total stranger contacted and wanted to “follow” me, and cancelled my account the same day. In other words, I popped up on Twitter and immediately disappeared down my rabbit hole. I will be interested to see an update on your blog on how it is going…for now I will defer the Twitter accounting to you. 🙂 Chris V.
I had a similar experience, which makes me a “rabbit” too. I love the analogy. I’ve been on vacation for three weeks and haven’t tweeted since, I wish I could make it a habit, but with facebook, Linkedin and blogging, there isn’t time.
The thing is do I need to tweet? I never stop talking when I blog so I’d get fed up being limited to the small number of characters. When I see tweets on TV it’s almost as if each person wants to have the last word and be noticed by saying it.
So the answer to your question Do you tweet’ is no – but do tell us how you get on as the weeks pass and you become more au fait with tthe game of wittering lol
I tried to tweet but like yourself it lacks satisfaction so I stopped tweeting but laugh about the idea of people attempt to get close without a real conversation.
Claudia – I wrote a response to your Keurig blog but can’t see it anywhere…any ideas on what happened to it? Hugs, Diana
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Diana, I love comments, and will search for yours. Stranger things have happened in my Wi-Fi world, will let you know, just got back online, Claudia
LOL This is a precious piece. Please tell Tricia and Christine I say Hi next time you see them. One thing you left our from this post–if you wanted to gain more followers–is your Twitter handle. Mine is @jeffswesky. If you follow me, I’ll follow back. 😉
I’d follow you anywhere as you know but for now, no tweeting, just saying is perfect for me!
I’m bah humbug on tweeting right now too, Thanks for the support. Writing continues to challenge me, duh, that’s the point, Claudia