Yes We Can!
Emily made it to the top 50 round starting March 23rd. I’ll be posting, emailing, and sending tweets out when it comes. Thanks, everyone, for helping our deserving little girl win.
I dig Twitter. Over the past couple of weeks, it seems that the main-stream media have finally picked up on it. They’ve also brought up how inane and stupid it is. Oh, and incredibly self-serving and narcissistic (like blogs surely aren’t, of course). Another reason I dig it.
Why like Twitter? Mostly because of the simplistic idiocy of it all. In that sense, it definitely follows my most common train of thought. I will ponder for minutes on how to turn a word or phrase into a pun, for example.
The premise is simplicity. I am a big advocate of simplicity. While being quite capable of handling complex ideas and programs, I think that the best use of technology is when it is easy enough to use that the technology itself disappears and the objective is the only thing in sight.
For Twitter, I use a small program called Twitterific on my MacBook or just text message. I can quick flip to either, send a small message out to the world, and my friends and followers will catch it and respond at their leisure. In fact, in addition to all the nifty little applications and add-ons for Twitter, a brilliant site called CurseBird has been created.
Better than that, I like Twitter as a social networking tool. Sure it’s just short messages. But a question can be really quick to throw out and suddenly the world is available to answer. Nothing fancy, just quick and easy. Or let folks know about a contest? Piece of cake. (Vote for Emily!)
I never cared for MySpace or Facebook. Too much upkeep, too much stuff I don’t care that much about. Bulletin with a survey? Well, at least I’m not getting them emailed to me anymore. 25 Things about you? Pieces of flare? Commenting and tagging picture after picture? All things I don’t do much of at all. If you’re going to give out information about yourself, start a real blog and force yourself to coherently write. And it’s the most irritating when a MySpace message is the best way to get a hold of someone. We all know you have an email, it’s your login for goodness’ sake!
Oh, and aside, I’ve set up my Facebook status to update with whatever I happen to Twitter. If you want a response to whatever you say on that, you’ll have to get to Twitterin’!
From my wife:
Hey everyone! Emily is entered into the Star Tribunes cutest baby contest. The winner is decided by user voting and I need some help!! The voting is only open for 1 day for each of the 10 voting rounds so I need everyone I can get to vote for Emily. If you click on the link below you can register to vote. Emilys picture is below in case you dont go right to her page. She is on the very first page.
Addition: It appears you can vote every hour, so please do so if you’re inclined!