4,000 Tweets

September 16, 2013

The other night I noticed that I’d hit 4,000 tweets. Never thought I’d do it. I signed up for Twitter both reluctantly and cynically. I thought it was just a compressed means of notifying the world of what I’d had for breakfast. I already used Facebook to spread that important news. Now with three years of twittering under my belt I find that I’ve averaged about 120 tweets per month. Verbal, no? The stats are neither here nor there. The only question is: was it worth it? (more…)

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Tweeting from the Vasisthasana Position

July 16, 2010


Source: www.yoga-training-you.com

I was speaking today with the chief executive of a new media technology/services company about some key enhancements to its offering (I’ll be blogging about them on Monday, the official announcement date). We were discussing how challenging it can be to get old media executives into new media positions. I said that while I wasn’t any longer physically able to lift my leg over my head (was I ever?), I felt that I was still managing to do so in my embrace of new technology.

I can be a little stiff-jointed at first, as I have been with social networking and eReaders, but eventually I loosen up, as I’ve now done with Twitter and (to a lesser extent) Facebook.

Earlier today I posted the longest and most involved entry I’ve yet written in some three years of blogging. I use Twitterfeed to tweet my new entries and for some reason it wasn’t picking up on this one. I changed the settings and still nothing. How could I tweet it manually?

I checked to see if anyone else had noticed it today, so I could tweet their entry. Nope (because it hadn’t been tweeted…a vicious circle). So I thought I’d tweet it myself from my site.

That’s when I noticed that I’ve only got four social buttons: Delicious, Digg, Reddit and Technorati. No Facebook and no Twitter. Jeez.

Then I remembered a visit the other day to eCampusNews for an article about Zinio’s new “all-digital newsstands” (saves floor space!). Good story, but what struck me was the social networking “button” on the site. Powered by AddToAny, it the biggest blog button I’ve ever blundered upon. They seem to think that size matters, forgetting that it ain’t the meat it’s the motion. I had to assume the Vasisthasana position to get a screen capture of this one.

It certainly solves the problem (and then some). What’s Fark? Weren’t they disbanded after the diplomat was rescued? I thought I got my vaccine for Xerpi. Maple must be Canadian, but I can’t find it online. Oh well.

I think smaller is better. But I’d better add a few more buttons. Then I can just move on (for now, anyway).


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Twitter is Dead

October 8, 2009


It’s been quite a few years since I was a regular reader of Robert X. Cringely in print. I recall when he had a regular column in InfoWorld that it was always good fun. In 1996 he published a book which I purchased, “Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date” which offered a scattering of anecdotes about some of the dirty dealings in the desktop publishing startups of that era. I little titillation for a geek.

He now has a regular column called “Notes from the Field” in InfoWorld (online). And a blog. And a show on PBS. A recent InfoWorld entry is titled “Twitter is Dead.” The subtitle summarizes the content of the article: “Oh sure, it seems lively enough. But now that spammers and scammers have their hooks into Twitter, it’s doomed. And much of the blame lies with Twitter itself.”

As an ongoing victim of Twitter spam, I’m in some degree of agreement with Mr. Cringely. But he is by far more the provocateur than I.

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Beware What You Share, You Will Get #twaxed

Twaxed.com: A fun site discovered today that clearly points to the downside of Tweeting. (1-1-2012 – now gone)

According to the FAQ:

Why is my Tweet on Twaxed.com?

Your Tweet got #twaxed because it is absurdly ridiculous, completely inappropriate, or highly entertaining.

What is this site?

With your help, we post and then rank the most ridiculous, inappropriate, and entertaining Tweets submitted to Twitter. Rank Tweets by selecting either #thumbsup or #thumbsdown. You may also comment on the Tweets.

A few samples:


adamisacson: Hi. I’m in a staff meeting. There are 83 ceiling tiles in our meeting room. And 8 light fixtures, with 24 fluorescent bulbs. That is all.


Rapieress: My son picked the number 69 as his football number. He couldn’t understand why no one wanted it. I let his Dad explain. His last name is Cox.


AMMOpro: The hardest part about having your haircut by a tranny, is deciding whether or not to be aroused.


gordonshumway: So if someone invites you to their wedding, it’s apparently bad form to say “Sorry I can’t make it but I’ll come to your next one”.

So be careful with your Tweets!


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Four Funerals and a Birthday

September 24, 2009

I was asked tonight by a friend the simple, “How’s it going?”

I’m generally in a positive mood and responded: “Times are still tough, but I remain optimistic about the future of publishing.”

It’s later now and I got to thinking:

There are still more deaths than births in the publishing business. And that can be depressing.

Let me explain.

Most days I hear from friends and colleagues that business is rotten. Either their income has shrunk to where it can only be found under a microscope, or they’ve been layed-off, or they’re about to be bought out, or…

I do not often hear from my  friends and collegues that business has suddenly turned north, and couldn’t be better.

I see in the financial pages much more gloom (with a smattering of what I call “false hope.”). Nothing to cheer me up there.

Tonight I got to thinking that in the world of life and death that we humans inhabit we’ve got ceremonies, finely-honed over the years, to celebrate birth and to help us all ease through the grief of death.

At the same time, I’ve always argued that businesses are just surrogates for families. Ever since Peter Drucker and his pals there’s been a tremendous effort to make it seem that businesses are merely scientific enterprises. I argue that they’re just dysfunctional families, writ large.

Therefore when a business fails there should be a “business funeral,” where we join together and mourn. When a dear friend is laid off after a 22-year career, there should be a similar ritual. But we have no established ceremonies for these things, and are each left to mourn singly and silently.

But likewise should there not be a celebration ritual upon the birth of a new business? OK, it’s called the “press event.” But it always lacks the structure and ceremony of a good old-fashioned religious ceremony.

I was imagining this evening the moment when my putative business wife caught me on my cell to announce that she’d had twins. “I’m going to name the first one ‘FaceBook,” she said. “And the other, gosh I don’t know why, I’m naming Twitter.”

I rushed to the hospital and looked down upon their faces, listening to their early twitters, and thought that somehow we’d given birth to kids with birth defects. Yet here they are, a few years later, and they’re the most popular kids in the world. Where can I celebrate??

We’ve been through some tough times and have no fine outlets to express either pain or joy. We must simply endure, and when times improve, celebrate in the old-fashioned ways we’ve always enjoyed.

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