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The radish seedlings poked their heads through the soil in one of the square foot gardens this morning. I was admiring them, and the lettuce and broccoli when three robins swooped into our side yard. One of the robins cocked his head and the Jackson Five version of Rockin’ Robin popped into my head.

Don’t knock free association. Tweet. Tweet.

I started thinking about blogging about tweeting. Not quite committed to blogging about tweeting, I posted on Facebook that I was thinking about blogging about tweeting.

I did a little research about the history of tweeting. I like to know what I’m talking about before I make fun of it.

I ran into a problem immediately when I input “tweeting history” in the Google search field. I clicked on the first link. A Twitter sponsored site, called TwHistory filled the screen. The website promised I'd receive short (really?) timely messages about history if I signed up. I like history. It might be fun as long as they provided a shorthand twit, I mean tweet manual to decipher the messages.

I Googled again and found the research information I needed on the History News Network. The premise of Twitter is simple, answer one question: what are you doing? (Cringing.) The 140 characters or less limit is to blame for the abbreviation insanity. Tweeting is where tired bloggers go to die. (Lying.)

I skimmed the rest of the article, “people succinctly key in whatever they happen to be engaged with – eating a sandwich, playing baseball, or catching that neat History Channel special on Roman roads…” (Yawning.)
 
“…There are a number of historical societies, museums and institutions that have created accounts to attract visitors.  They are also interested in popularizing the historical event or era to which their establishment is dedicated.  (Washing my hair.) Second, there are the professional historian tweeters. This group, composed primarily of university professors, researchers, and authors (who are often one in the same), joined Twitter for a little lighthearted interaction, often with other professionals. (Watering my plants.) They talk about anything from projects of which they are in the midst, to simple facts, like this interesting tidbit: Neanderthals could taste bitter flavors.”

Unbelievable. There are learned tweeters who text about Neanderthals and spell out every word? There goes the remaining fodder for my satirical musings on tweeters.
 
(Typing email—Hey, Dad. Found out the coolest thing today. Did you know Neanderthals could taste bitter flavors?)  
 

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Rockin' Robin

Love that you free associated with an ol'school tune! Having recently investigated what the tweet is going on in that incessantly connected world, I related to this post, Jules. And laughed. Didn't tweet about it though. I am not a convert and never will be, but I now understand the addictive and compulsive aspects of the tweet trend. I enjoy all that is good about social media, but would lament the day that tweets replaced email and hand-written correspondence. Thanks for grounding us, Jules.
Cindy

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Grounding

Cindy,

Thanks for reading and commenting. I would also lament the day tweets replaced email and hand written letters and notes. Wasn't it last week we were lamenting email?

I think I'm lucky. I've been around since the invention of computers and Pac Man.

Jules

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Jules, I started to be a twit ...

... but my son said, "What are you doing, Mom?" I was embarrassed and I couldn't think of anything to tweet anyway.

I usually find twittering irritating, so I had to ask myself what was I doing setting myself up to write twaddle.

I'm no birdbrain. And neither are you.

Barb

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Tweetable

Barb,

Tweets aren't meant to be meaningful, which is what makes them difficult for us to write. We're supposed to toss aside years of English classes, grammar instruction and major efforts to be taken seriously as writers to write one sentence dribbles?

I like your birdbrain sentence. I think we could do this thing, if we wanted to.

Jules

 

 

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I have a twitter account and

I have a twitter account and I tried to follow the norm of twitting what one does or where one goes and I found that rather silly... so I stopped. And then I realized that depending on who you follow, twitter can be very enlightening and informative. Following the Dalai Lama, his daily tweets are like daily sage for me. And following CNN, I know what the jist of the news is for the moment as it changes often in a day. Especially when Japan had the earthquake, Twitter was so helpful in getting the word out!

Finally, I have to admit, I follow Kim Kardashian! Her tweets come in handy when I want to amuse myself :-)

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The Tweet Range

Rina,

Thanks for enlightening me. I can see tweets can be interesting, informative and helpful. As for Kim Kardashian...is she really that funny and/or amusing on a consistent basis?

What if she doesn't compose all her tweets? Good Lord, this is a horrible thought...does she have a tweet ghost writer?

Hold on a minute. Did I just create a job opportunity for writers?

Jules