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A sampling of the tweets that came through as soon as Browns win was projected on CNN:

Massachusetts What Have You Done?

Congratulations Massachusetts, Derek Zoolander is your new state senator.

What. The. Hell. Massachusetts?

Massachusetts goes to the center . . . fold

Dear Majority of Massachusetts Voters: Thanks for nothing.

So does anyone have the number where we can text to rebuild after the tragedy in Massachusetts?

I really hope the U.S. doesn’t decline into a conservative, close minded nation. Massachusetts, you’re scaring me.

Massachusetts, you should be ashamed of yourselves! Holy shit you suck. Poor Ted Kennedy is rolling over in his grave right now.

Massachusetts voters say, “Our state has a great health plan that we love, but why should you have one?”

Thanks for pissing on Ted Kennedy’s grave, Massachusetts

Massachusetts = Blerrg.

What the heck, Massachusetts? Just… wow.

Of course there were a few happy tweets, but many more like these.  Definitely a major upset that will make moving forward more difficult.  If you are wondering why politicians can’t get anything done, it’s because we are a country divided.  The pendulum keeps swinging back and forth, but it doesn’t go anywhere.

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I love Twitter!

If you are not currently using Twitter, then you are probably thinking, who cares about my random thoughts or I don’t care about other people’s thoughts. Or maybe you’re thinking, who has time for another social networking site? Well, today I’m glad to be a twitter user.

Last week I posted a random tweet, something like, “Cindy is running out of disk space”, I don’t recall my exact words, but today my neighbor dropped of a brand new Seagate 250GB external USB hard drive! WOW! Thanks so much Jon! You are awesome!

I’ve been holding off on upgrading my computer because I’m hoping Window 7 will be better than Vista. This new drive will not only save me money, but will buy me some time and give my files some breathing room before I need to upgrade.

Seagate External hard drive

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Twitter Etiquette

So, I’ve been using Twitter for a month or so and I’m enjoying the service. What I like most about Twitter is that my tweets are set up to automatically post to my Facebook profile page and also to this blog (See “Cindy’s Brain Farts” in the right column).

Now that I’ve been on Twitter for a while, I’m starting to get a fair amount of followers. So, what do I do, follow everyone who follows me? If I don’t follow someone who follows me, is that considered rude? I did a search for Twitter Etiquette and could not find a consensus on this. So what I’m doing now is if I get a follow notice, I’ll check out the users profile page to be sure they are not spammers. Then I take a look at some of their tweets and if I don’t find anything objectionable, I will follow them. Of course I don’t have time to follow every tweet and I don’t have tweets coming to my phone. I just have a twitter gadget on my portal page and I browse that frequently.

Anyway, while I was searching for Twitter Etiquette, I found this really cool photo and article. I love the way the avatars are pasted onto the people. I especially like the default avatar lady, LOL! The article also has some useful Twitter tips.

Writing My Twitter Etiquette Article: 14 Ways to Use Twitter Politely

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If you are on twitter and would like to follow me, click here.

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Facebook Is for Old People

Illustration by John Cuneo for TIME
Illustration by John Cuneo for TIME

In this weeks Time Magazine there is an article called “Facebook Is for Old People”, by Lev Grossman. On the web, the same article is called “Facebook is for Old Fogies”. Hmmmm. Anyway, here is the full article: “Facebook Is for Old Fogies“.

The article starts with a brief intro:

    Facebook is five. Maybe you didn’t get it in your news feed, but it was in February 2004 that Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, along with some classmates, launched the social network that ate the world. Did he realize back then in his dorm that he was witnessing merely the larval stage of his creation? For what began with college students has found its fullest, richest expression with us, the middle-aged.

Here is a summary of Grossman’s 10 reasons old people have taken over Facebook (see original Time article for details) and my thoughts on each.

    1. Facebook is about finding people you’ve lost track of.

I’d agree that this is probably one of the biggest reasons old fogies use Facebook and also a reason why kids don’t need it (yet).

    2. We’re no longer bitter about high school.

True, I hardly remember high school and don’t even recognized some of my old high school friends.

    3. We never get drunk at parties and get photographed holding beer bottles in suggestive positions.

True, for most of us…

    4. Facebook isn’t just a social network; it’s a business network.

True, although this can also be a reason to avoid Facebook.

    5. We’re lazy.

I think “busy” is a better word. Life gets much more complicated after marriage, kids and jobs. Facebook gives users the ability to tie into many other online networks such as blogs, twitter, flickr; sort of like one-stop shopping.

    6. We’re old enough that pictures from grade school or summer camp look nothing like us.

Ya, so?

    7. We have children. There is very little that old people enjoy more than forcing others to pay attention to pictures of their children.

He’s running out of reasons now. There are plenty of online ways to show off photos of our kids.

    8. We’re too old to remember e-mail addresses.

I don’t think so and besides, we have address books. Who needs to remember email addresses that change all the time anyway.

I don’t understand this reason. Is it, “Cindy is eating a burger and fries” the part that we don’t understand or the twitter network itself? Twitter is much easier to use than Facebook. Anyone who can sent a text message, can twitter. In fact, I’d say that twitter has more to do with whether or not people use text messaging then one’s age.

    10. We’re not cool, and we don’t care.

True, we are not cool and Facebook is no longer cool, it’s gone mainstream. Any hot new web site will lose it’s cool factor once it gets very popular. But true, we old people don’t care about being cool.

I think Grossman’s reason #1 is why so many older people use Facebook, to reconnect with old friends. This is a key feature to facebook which probably was not the intent of the creator Mark Zuckerberg, who just wanted to connect current students. But there is still a lot on facebook for people of all ages. With the privacy settings for friends, networks and groups, both young and old can socialize without being bothered much by each other, just like in real life.

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Twitter Tweets

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Twitters popularity is growing quickly. The site’s membership has increased by 900% in one year! It is being used not only to stay up-to-date with friends, it is also being used for marketing, as a news source and as a way to get just about any information instantly; short and tweet…

I just read a tweet stating that twitter received another $35 million in venture capital. This money is added to $20 million from past investments. Yet twitter currently makes no money at all! They don’t sell advertising and their service is free to users. Interesting.

But investors obviously see money-making potential in twitter. It will be interesting to see how they will make a profit for their investors. Hopefully the inevitable changes will be positive for users.

Sorry to long;-)

And happy Friday the 13th!

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