Turns out, using Twitter to share 140 characters of your up-to-the-minute thoughts and observations, is part of daily life not just for tweens but for savvy urbanites and even journalists.
CNN is now reporting that
James Karl Buck helped free himself from an Egyptian jail with a one-word blog post from his cell phone.
The one word: arrested.
I am not on Twitter and I think about the challenge I might have in sharing my life with others in the constraints of a tiny cell phone screen, let alone in one-word increments.
Twitter: Business trip to NYC, missing the kids
Real life: Schlepped to New York for one-day meeting; forgot it was “that time of the month;” had to call in-laws to check on kids since husband is busy giving haircuts to 150 small pigs
Twitter: Busy day on the farm
Real life: Loading five trailer-loads of pigs for our auction at local fairgrounds; answering phone calls from other farmers who want to talk to husband; consoling the two and four-year-old who are left behind; gathering ancient laptop, dot matrix printer, notepads and pens to clerk the sale; refereeing fight between two and four-year-old
Twitter: House is a mess
Real life: Completely out of trash bags; husband has deposited rank sweatshirt and gloves in kitchen; pile of shoes and boots by back door now taller than two-year-old; muddy/manure footprints lead to refrigerator; dining room table covered with school papers
Someday, when blogging becomes as passé as email, we’ll all have moved on to Twitter-ing. I hope the cell phones are ready.