Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day Five: Twitter & tequila!

Pee Wee Herman Demonstrates How to Get Ones Message Across

Did you know that the average person spends a superficial 3 mins and 4 secs digesting news on their favorite news sites? (source:The Pew Foundation "State of the News 2010")

Not only are we spending next to no time gathering news info...we're not interested in hearing the full story; apparently, these days, we only read headlines. Perhaps this goes some way to explain the success of, which we must confess we've been using pretty passively - up to now - as a sophisticated news feed service and event planner.

Twitter is neat because it doubly pre-qualifies stories; not only can you select by interest area i.e. Art, or Design, but info can be further pre-qualified because you choose the info sources you trust (venerable institutions, legacy media or simply fave places to hang out). In twitter dialect you "follow" these people and/or places. And the best news of all is that these tweets are economical, headlines only, max-ing out at 140 characters inc URL links (conveniently twitter abbreviates URLs, so as not to squander your character allowance.)

Another smart feature on twitter is the DM facility (sorry to say we've lapsed into twitter lingo). DM-ing is to tweeting, as chatting 1-to-1 on Facebook is to posting on a person's wall.



We've decided to take the bull by the horns and add that innocuous blue twitter button to our blog. We're not convinced that anyone else is out there in cyberspace listening to us, but if any of you are twitter novices and fancy tweeting (under the radar), then let's give it a go...this is not highbrow stuff.

So here's our link to Twitter. Be gentle with us peeps.

Follow clairebatten on Twitter

(If you want to join the twittering classes, it's easy to do this yourself. After you've registered at and you're on your home page, scroll down to the bottom of that page, select "goodies", then select "buttons". It's really that straightforward.)

Racing ahead
We wanted to end with a cute animation from Wacky Races. Found a wonderful website run by a couple of Hanna Barbara acolytes who sat down (separately), watched all 34 episodes of the cartoon and counted who won most frequently. They then compared notes and published a table. So who would you put your money on? Peter Perfect, Dastardly & Mutley, or good ol' Penelope Pitstop driving the Pussycat Wagon? And the winner is...

Having (almost) mastered embedding animations (a.k.a. gifs), we now feel quietly confident that audio and home video will be a breeze. But that's a story for another day...and a second shot of Tequila.

Posted by: Claire

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