Thursday, November 26, 2009

Twittering Thanks

Techcrunch is pleading with Thanksgiving Twitterers to offer something unique amid the white noise of holiday shout-outs.

This morning from San Francisco, Michael Farrell writes "In 140 characters or less, a Twitterer somewhere at some holiday gathering will slyly thumb out a message on their mobile phone – quipping about canned cranberry sauce or dishing about a celebration gone awry – and commit one of the great tech faux pas: texting while dining.

Thanksgiving tweets are already rolling in on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging tool that has around 18 million users in the US. In fact, Josh Premuda, a Web consultant, helped develop TurkeyTwitter.com to aggregate Thanksgiving Twitter chatter.

"We were curious about what people are thankful for this year and thought it'd be fun to use Twitter to aggregate the different things people appreciated," said Mr. Premuda in an e-mail response to questions.

By Wednesday afternoon, his site had logged 18,407 pre-holiday tweets."

I think this is a good thing, a cultural thing, a TIMELY thing... we can now instantly communicate with people of the world at large!

My plan for today: I'm gonna have the radio on (tuned to WAMC 90.3FM or wamc.org if you're listening online) for Thanksgiving specials... the computer will be on until our 4pm dinnertime... if I feel like tweeting I'll break out a few tweets either via PC or cellphone... I'll be having a technologically happy old-fashioned Turkey Day... the only thing different is that this year in New York we're expecting tempertaures in the 50s maybe even 60... a bit warmer than usual.

I can recall a couple of Thanksgivings when snow broke out in the late afternoon. I zoned out for a moment remembering two distinct times that happened, and I sigh thinking about how quickly time has moved from there to here...

Whatever happens folks, life goes on... I sincerely wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and those of you living in other lands where the holiday is not celebrated, Peaceful blessings to you, my friends!

By the way, you can read Michael's entire article by clicking here.

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