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Then: Tweeting

Now: Twittering

When my daughter was little we moved across the country from Michigan to California and for several months we lived with my parents.  At that same time, a mama sparrow made a nest in a tiny alcove in the roof.  My daughter found it fascinating to watch this dedicated bird gather twigs and scraps of paper, building the perfect place to start her family.  Every day we watched her progress until it was time for her to sit on her eggs.  Shortly after that, the little babies were born and each morning we could hear them chirping and tweeting as their mama went in search of food.    

It got crowded in that nest just about the same time it got crowded under my parents' roof.  My husband and I knew it was time to find a place of our own.  My mom didn't push us out (I don't think that mother bird used that tactic either) but it was just time for it to happen.  The baby birds went twittering off into their own lives.  

As did we, moving across town to our own apartment.    

My foray into Twitter last week reminded me of that time and of those baby birds who by now must have grandbaby birds of their own.  

But my attempt at sending Tweets is a far cry from that of those little birds.  It doesn't come instinctively or naturally at all.  With only 140 characters to state what I'm doing, I began to wonder -  what am I doing?  Is it something that other Tweeters or Twitterers will want to follow?  Why do I want to spend the time broadcasting my every move?  

To me all these Tweets filling up cyberspace are like flocks of birds flying in all directions at once.  Inevitably they are bound to get mixed up.  Much like that old game of Telephone.    

My status could say :  Am wondering why all the light bulbs burn out at the same time.  Days later here comes a response: Sorry you are burnt out but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  

If we want we can be bombarded by Tweets and Twits and whatevers all day long on our cell phones.  Second by second status updates.  Tweeters are eating, sleeping, drinking, dancing, dressing, kissing, dreaming, knitting, walking, talking, crying, doing, being.  I know this is the information age, but how much information can one baby boomer brain take?  

In my case – not much.  

So for now, this will be my status:  Janie is listening to the birds tweet outside her bedroom window and enjoying the melodies of Mother Nature.

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      Pharmagirl wrote May 25, 2009
    • Janie I love reading your posts, but this one struck quite a chord.  

      Although I’ve had a twitter account since last summer, I haven’t done much with it until the past month or so. I already have a blog, a Facebook account and a website, so twitter was the next step.  

      I have to confess that I don’t quite get it. I mean I get it from a business perspective, but certainly not from a personal one. Perhaps it speaks better to a new generation who have grown up with the Internet. It’ll be interesting to see how my children (now 8 and 9) respond to all this new social media.  

      Thanks for your always thoughtful and engaging posts.

      See you in cyberspace,
      Sharmani
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      Tinaf wrote May 25, 2009
    • I don’t know a thing about twittering, but you just enlightened me!  

      The bird thing, I totally get!  And I think I’ll remain an old stick-in-the-mud for a time and just go with the tweeting!



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 25, 2009
    • Sharmani -  To your kids, it’s going to be second nature, something they can’t imagine that we lived without.  Imagine what else going to be available.  I’m glad you enjoy my posts.

      Have a great evening.

      Janie



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 25, 2009
    • Tina - I’m with you.  I have three followers on Twitter, one who I don’t even know!  But I haven’t posted one thing, so I’m sure whoever that Twitterer is, he/she is going to fly off in a different direction.



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      Lindao wrote May 25, 2009
    • I keep debating whether to tweet or not, Janie.  So far, the not has won.  I’d much rather watch the birds in my backyard and listen to their tweets than to join Twitter... but one of these days I might give in. —LindaO



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      Pamaloon wrote May 26, 2009
    • Tweet, Tweet! Hi Janie! Well, I’ve been dragging my heels on Twitter, even though some people have asked me to join. Here’s my problem - I can’t remember to carry my cell phone with me 24 hours a day. I usually just leave it in the car. That makes me a complete dinosaur. :) And all my kids are like the Borg - they cannot stand to be out of touch with one another. As a matter of fact, my biggest threat is “I’ll cancel your phone!” LOL - times change. Start peeping, girlfriend! :)



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 26, 2009
    • Pam - Tweet.  Tweet..back at you.  I know what you mean and I’m sure I’ll be twittering with you one day!



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      Chattycathie wrote May 26, 2009
    • I use twitter all the time.  At first I was confused what to do, but now it is one of my favorite things to do.  If anyone wants help, just let me know.  Janie, I just added you to my twitter account.

      One of the best things I have seen done on twitter is by Lesley Johnston, one of my facebook friends who lives in England.  She has a group on facebook for women business owners.  She has a twitter networking meetings on twitter that allows you to talk about your business and learn about others.  She uses this site: tweetchat dot com and her room is SN4BW.  What is nice about this is she has questions she sends out in twitter and then everyone answers back the same questions.  You get to really make connections with people this way.  After the event she takes the replies and puts them in a email and allows you to go over them.  This really helps you make connections with people.

      If you see something with # its called a hashtag and if you put this with the word behind it into the search engines it allows you to see everyone who has responded to this “group” or tag.  One of the biggest ones is #followfriday where people put that with a list of people they follow to recommend to others to find followers.

      I also like using twitter with blip dot fm which lets allows you to share your favorite music or songs with others.

      If anyone would like to connect with me on twitter and get some twitter tips, my twitter name is tearsofjoy

      Janie, if you follow me I will send you the twitter where I taught my pet birds to twitter.

      I haven’t been on this site in a while.  Always a pleasure to ready your blogs.

      Cathie



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 26, 2009
    • Cathie - Wow!  Thanks for so much info.  I’m going to have to learn how to do all this.  So I may be emailing you.



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      Chattycathie wrote May 26, 2009
    • NO problem Janie, email me or just follow me back on twitter and we can chat there.



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      Kathryn Krastin wrote May 29, 2009
    • I twitter too!  Look me up sometime - bluebonnetfield. :)

      Love updating and following on twitter throughout off and on the days as a rule.  

      K



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 30, 2009
    • Kathryn - When I figure out how to use Twitter, I’ll definitely look you up.



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