I come not to bury tweets, but to praise them. Okay, my apologies to William Shakespeare! But while I often make great sport of the younger set for being addicted to smart phones, ruining Sesame Street's coherence, and seriously asking "now what's wrong with 'refudiate,'" I'm actually having fun with Twitter.
Tweets had never crossed my mind as a form of communication before I went to a conference in Chicago last summer as a guest speaker, and sat through a presentation by two tourism specialists for the city. Their ages probably didn't add up to mine, but what they lacked in carefully concealed grey hairs they made up for in enthusiasm and know-how.
And so I finally, cautiously, in a spirit of literary experimentation, decided to give it a try. Not so that the rest of the world would know exactly what I was doing at any given moment (nor would it care!), but as a daily exercise in simply writing something SHORT! The general rule is, 140 characters or less. MY rule is...only once a day. It's been an interesting challenge. I try to either write something that I would enjoy reading by someone else, or showcasing some article (I confess, the New York Times is a constant supply of thought-provoking stuff) that I'd like to tell a wider audience about.
Nearly four months later, I'm still at it. Some days I skip (does anybody REALLY do their stomach crunches every single morning?), but most days I try. And it's a bit like golf, if you consider hitting the 140 character limit exactly to be like a great shot on the course. Happens rarely, but once in a while is enough to keep you trying for another! So check out the collection so far at http://twitter.com/#!/runswstilettos
Causes Mary Wagner Supports
Washington County, Wisconsin Human Society
Crohns and Colitis Foundation
Chicago Writers Association