The Twitter Update Part 3

Twitter, twitter, twitter. What am I going to do with you? Some days I feel like I am so in the zone with you, and others I’m still in the dark.

I now have just over 600 followers and am following twice that number. I’ve done a couple of “Twitter Chats” and have to say they were pretty fun. Since its an “on-topic” chat for a specified amount of time you can have conversations with a bunch of people, and make some real connections. I like the back and forth nature of it. I’m starting to sort of get the hang of the #RT’s (Re-Tweets) #FF (Follow Fridays) and other Twitter-specific things.

Speaking of ###HASH TAGS### I’m still kind of confused about it. I never know when I should put one on, if I should make up the subject of the hash tag, and if it’s really necessary? I don’t usually use them, but I also don’t often get a response when I put a question out their in the twitter sphere without a hash tag. Does anyone know how important they really are?

The GOOD news on the Twitter front? I got a WRITING JOB from it! Someone I know told me they got the majority of their work from Twitter connections, and I didn’t fully believe her until now. It’s a website called Cheapoair and I blog 3 times a week for them about Seattle, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Paris, Germany and Italy. I’m still kind of in awe that I’m really doing it. I can now cross off a major thing from my TO DO list for this year! It feels really, really good!

Now, if only I could get my Facebook Page “liked” by more than 46 people. HOW? HOW? This new interweb world is not an easy one to navigate! Maybe it’s just part of my generation though… this all must be pretty easy and natural for younger people today, they were kind of born into it.  Not that I want to date myself, but when I was in high school only the Dungeons and Dragons nerds hung out in the computer room. We used typewriters to write our essays, We had to look things up in an encyclopedia. So the fact that I’ve gotten this far in the computer world is amazing.

Photo courtesy of Steve Petrucelli. This was the very first computer to grace my families doors in the early 1980’s. We didn’t know what the hell to do with it!

When I got my first computer in 1995 (well, after the Commodore 64 we had in the 80’s, see above) I only knew how to turn it on. I was constantly terrified that I was going to “wreck it” somehow. I would panic when anything would be different or out of the ordinary. Now I’m rocking a Macbook Pro and LOVING IT!

So, it’s fair to say I’ve come a long way baby! I’m still learning and may be a little slow on the uptake, but eventually, I will get there. I will learn what I need to know on a “need to know” basis, and hopefully catch up to the more tech savvy people out there. Wish me luck in my endeavor, I will most likely need it!



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2 Responses to The Twitter Update Part 3

  1. Michele September 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS on your writing gig! You’re a travel writer! Fuckin’ A! Woot woot!

    • My name is Andrea September 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      I know! It really happened! Now, to just get more, more, more! You really helped encourage it along while we were in Bergen. I remember you telling me to turn my blog posts into articles, which is exactly what I’ve been doing!

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