If you had told me 6 months ago that I would be one of those people, I would have denied it.
I made a big technological leap at the end of July… from a “pay as you go” phone (read: no bells and whistles and really, it never even got turned on… if you asked me my phone number, I had to think really hard about it…) to a HTC Droid Incredible smartphone. That’s a pretty big deal in my books. I was initially resistant, priding myself on my “non-phoneyness”, but now that I have it? Yeah, I don’t really want to go back.
But, I would like to think that I am using my newly acquired powers for good.
Like for instance… my new love for Twitter. It’s ingenious and the wave of the future. Here’s a funny story to illustrate >>
I am Twitter contacts with Missy aka “A Treehugger’s Wife”, a dyer of lovely yarns, who lives in Alaska. (I bought some of her yarns when I was in Juneau in July…) As you may recall, my dad has been living and working in Juneau this summer, and this past Saturday, Missy tweeted:
…and this happened all within 25 minutes of their meeting at the show. How about that? This kind of connectivity was something that no one would even dream of a few decades ago, and now here it is, and moving forward at a pretty rapid pace. Of course, I do have some reservations about what all this means for our society and culture, but from where I stand, it’s working out pretty well.
The whole concept of Twitter wasn’t really clear to me until I joined. I think my favorite part of it all? The brevity. You have to think fast and efficiently to express yourself in 140 characters. I can appreciate that. Words can be extraneous, and Twitter teaches you that.
…and if you didn’t already feel connected enough with your other online activities (psha!) Twitter allows you to meet SO many people. For me, my little Twitter world has expanded from the knitty/crafter types to include people who tweet about my other passions and interests: vegan food, travel, books, ice hockey, and the archives/museum world.
As if Twitter wasn’t meeting my needs enough, I joined ANOTHER social media group… and this one is really starting to expand and take off. Foursquare is all about discovering your world… and it totally appeals to the merit badge kid inside me. It is a pretty simple concept: you go to a place, and you “check in”. It could be the grocery store, the gym, the post office. You just put a little stamp on it that “I was here”. And if you go there more than other people, you become the “mayor”. Then there are these badges that you earn for your trips — you go to the same place 3 times in a week? you get a “Local” badge. You go to a a place where 50 other people are “checked in”, and you get a “Swarm” badge. It’s all very cute and fun (and addictive). I got my *Swarm* badge this weekend, as Kris and I checked in to Merriweather Post Pavillion for the Dum Dum Girls / Beach House / Vampire Weekend show (so good! loved it! we danced our hearts out!) I snapped this photo of us (with the camera, natch!) as we were waiting for Vampire Weekend…
We got a kick out of the kid behind us and his funny expression.
So, it may have been a reluctant hug at the beginning – but I think me and this social media thing are now in a full-frontal embrace.
(Still no Facebook, and I intend to keep it that way. Have to draw the line somewhere!)
You interested in Twitter and Foursquare too? I’d love to connect on there too… friend/follow there:
Twitter >> @Lolly_W
Foursquare >> Lolly W