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Status Update: Lauren is now Blogging about Twitter

Posted on: June 8, 2010

Okay, folks. I’m about to do something I’ve never done before. It’s not just that I’m going to give my opinion about this twitter thing–I’ve done that before. Oh no. I’m going to write about this twitter thing. But for the first time ever, I actually know what I’m writing about.

This is something I’ve been kicking and screaming against for a while. But looking back at my experiences with technology, I’ve been kicking and screaming a lot. I kicked and screamed against having a cell phone, but now it’s my primary phone number (much to my chagrin). I kicked and screamed against using e-mail, but now I can’t imagine getting as much done without it (plus it’s good for the environment). And as for getting a smart phone… well, that was an easy sell, because that meant I didn’t have to spend as much time in front of a computer.

So now I have a twitter account. I can’t believe it. I started by looking up all kinds of friends, funny commenters, and representatives of diverse groups I want to be reminded of regularly (I already found a ReBoot list, plus I’m following the Dalai Lama, which I think makes me cool.) There are a lot of Lauren Steins, and I chose which one I wanted to follow. One thing I’m already annoyed by is people who tweet too much. It clogs up my airwaves. Soon I realized that if I start following people, they might look at my account and decide in 2 seconds whether they want to follow me back, so I’d better put up some sample content. And in two days, I tweeted 8 times. Hey, guess who I am now? One of those people I hate!

3 Responses to "Status Update: Lauren is now Blogging about Twitter"

Congrats on taking the leap! Did you know you can hook up your WordPress blog to your twitter account, so that a tweet is posted each time you post a blog? It’s another way to drive traffic to your site… if you want, I can set it up for you. I have it on my own ( – only for me though, my parents don’t tweet).

don’t you hate when you become one of those poeple you hate. I hope that never happened to me. If it ever does happen i hope it comes with some kind of advantage to soften the blow.

Christina: Thanks for the tip. My new blog is going to have twitter integration, apparently, but I want to keep my twitter as free as possible from links. I want it to be reserved for one-liners, observations and tips.

JG: I am totally now “on the other side”. See, I always thought of people with twitter as people on the other side of some great divide, and now I really do feel it–I look back on the people who don’t have it, people who I once belonged to and preferred, and now think, “Well, why don’t you get it? I want you to be following me!”
On the plus side, I think it’s helping me learn to edit my writing. Being limited to 140 characters may be the reason my tweets are generally better than my blog posts. I’m just sayin’.

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