Feliz cumpleaños, Twitter!

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It’s hard for me to believe that seven years have passed since Twitter flew into the social media arena (the online platform debuted on March 21, 2006; check out this Celebrating #Twitter7 video that details the history).

What about you?  Do you have a Twitter handle?  If so, how long have you been tweeting?  And, why do you appreciate the Twitter platform?

Or, if you’re not yet a Twitter user, why have you avoided joining the global chorus of tweets?

Those who know me might say that I’m a woman of many (many) words.  And, you’ve probably heard the old saying that opposites attract.

Something about the 140-character limit for tweets imposed by Twitter intrigued me from Twitter’s beginning.

I can’t recall exactly when I first began tweeting, but I used TwimeMachine recently to view some of my old tweets, and several of those old tweets date back to 2009.  For example, here’s an example of a tweet of mine from June 4, 2009:

have chuckled recently watching the latest tv ad in Cottonelle’s “puppy at the spa” campaign: http://www.cottonelle.com/ Thu Jun 04 15:27:08 +0000 2009

I would say that I’m “somewhat active” when it comes to composing tweets, however, when it comes to reading the tweets of others, I am, as Jimi would have said, experienced.

Reading and digesting the tweets of individuals around the world on Twitter is usually a thought-provoking and informative experience.  At times, though, the countless chorus of tweets can be deafening, and it’s sometimes hard to filter through all the words and Twitter noise.

Publilius Syrus once said, “Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.”

What do you think Twitter speech says about the soul and identity of men and women today?

When we’re at a point where we can buy Twitter sneakers, there’s no arguing that Twitter has made an impact on our modern society.  The question is:  what kind of impact?

Thanksgiving in Sand

Thanks written in sandCare to take a guess about which hashtags were most popular during Thanksgiving 2012?

#Thanksgiving and #turkey, maybe?  Or, what about #Sandy?

I’m not sure about the hashtag answer, but I did read the ABC News report about the Instagram claim that more than 100 photos per second were being uploaded to its site on Thanksgiving Day with the #Thanksgiving hashtag.

What about you?  Did you express your thanks and gratitude this year via social media channels?

This year, rather than via snail mail or email, I sent a Thanksgiving card to family and friends via a Smilebox-enabled Facebook post.

And, what about giving this year?  Have you by chance made a charitable contribution to help those in need during the 2012 Thanksgiving season?

It’s not too late to make a donation to those in the U.S. who have suffered from Hurricane Sandy.  The Charity Navigator organization has provided a list of legitimate charitable organizations aiding Hurricane Sandy victims.

In the spirit of giving and Thanksgiving 2012, I’d like to mention another legitimate charity that is aiding Sandy victims and was recently established by a New Jersey-based musician and former N.C. high school classmate of mine.

Sand Aid is a New Jersey-based charitable organization, established by Rodney Hargis, that’s organizing benefit concerts to raise funds for Sandy victims.  I invite you to join me in contributing to Sand Aid.

Let’s let our fellow Americans in New Jersey know that we recognize that their dreams and homes are more than the “castles made of sand,” that Jimi sang about.  Let’s help them keep their foundations strong.

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