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This is a different kind of blog post, I think. I am today learning to use Twitter and I will share with you almost as stream of conscious kind of a step-by-step of my morning adventures. As I go I’ll attempt to understand # (hashtags) and @ (mentions).
Also, I’ll try to understand relationships between Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and my blogging on WordPress. It’s more complicated than it sounds.
Trumph as Tweety Bird
I tawt I taw a Demaquat!
I DID! I DID taw a Demaquat!!
Let’s agree that Twitter is a stupid means of communication that defies reasonability and fosters insanity. The 140-character limitation defies any meaningful development of an idea. Everything I know about modern rhetoric is out the window. Baby with the bathwater, as it were.
So the Twitter entry screen will mark over-limit characters in red, and tell you how many characters if you need a number. I’ll rewrite the paragraph and get rid of the baby, maybe.
Let’s agree that Twitter is a stupid means of communication that defies reasonability. The 140-character limitation defies any meaningful development of an idea. Everything I know about modern rhetoric is out the window. Baby with the bathwater, as it were.
Most Saturdays I go down to the Dems office on Putnam street and spend an hour or so making phone calls to recruit volunteers who might do door-to-door canvassing or make phone calls for the Dems. I had a chat with Jake the Coordinator (from Athens) and suggested that we are using 1970’s technology in a nearly 2020 world.
On Saturdays I go to the Dems office & spend an hour making phone calls to recruit volunteers to do canvassing or phone calls for the Dems. I chatted with Jake the Coordinator (from Athens) and suggested that we are using 1970’s technology in a nearly 2020 world. #LearningTwitter
Yeah, I woke up last night having a bad dream about things. The Twitter thing has been bugging me. Writing has structure and development. You start with a premise; you develop and argue for it; and you summarize. That’s nearly impossible to do in 140-chars. #LearningTwitter
[I got it under 140-characters on the first try.]
I removed the expression “fostering insanity” from my gut impression of Twitter above. In 140-chars you can’t have James Joyce… an amazing fabulous writer. You get @realDonaldTrump a shallow fool instead. Am I right Judith? @larson78207 #Learning Twitter
The stupid thing, I can’t resist writing as though I’m constructing a paper with continuity. I said that I “removed the expression… from above.” In twitter there is no above. There is no structure. And I scarcely yet understand the continuity and connectivity.
A Bone to Pick with Chuck Todd
Just before the last election Chuck Todd @MeetThePress said Democrats believe that the election of president will have dire and terrible consequences if it goes wrong. Chuck was dismissive and condescending, explaining that this hysteria has gone on since the election of Lincoln. #LearningTwitter #MTP
Before the last election Chuck Todd @MeetThePress said Democrats believe the election will have dire and terrible consequences if it goes wrong. Chuck was dismissive and condescending, explaining that this hysteria has gone on since the election of Lincoln. #LearningTwitter #MTP
And a follow-up
Chuck Todd @MeetThePress you should have to admit that if Lincoln had not won his election, there would have been no 13th Amendment; and slavery would have likely spread through South and Central Americas; and very likely be a fact of life today. #LearningTwitter #MTP
Dog Training on YouTube
Pip & Cedar get their breakfast doing “Named Obstacle” training in the basement. YouTube belongs to the social media mix. I trying to discover how it does mix. #2MinuteDogTrainer #LearningTwitter
When adding a YouTube link in Twitter, you get neither a picture link to the video or a link of any kind. If someone wants to watch the YouTube recording, they’ll have to copy the link text and paste it into the browser. Twitter allows uploading a video, but supports only MP4 format. It’s a bit awkward and unaccommodating.
Enough for Now
Let’s call that a workout. I have other, more important work to do and will return to my Twitter self-tutorial on the morrow.
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