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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 16:35

Focusing on technology can make one look like a Twit(terer)

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My parents are not into technology. They don’t own a computer; they have a cell phone, but they never wanted to get buried under a lot of technology.


They watch DVDs, but that’s about it.
Facebook? They’ve heard of it. What’s the difference between that and email? How is a Twitter different than a tweet? What’s a hashtag? Is that some sort of new video game? Blogging? Do you mean logging?
It’s enough to confuse anybody. The key is trying to keep up with it all. Do you really want to spend countless hours trying to learn absolutely everything and which social media system has a higher reach?
Being in an industry where you have to deal with social media, you can’t help but learn about all the different nuances. Even then, I know I’ve only scratched the surface. It will take me a long concerted effort to keep up to date on all of this stuff and there lies the problem: there’s just too much information out there.
Take Twitter for instance. If you wanted to, depending on how many people you follow — Mom, that means watch their tweets — (sigh) — what they’re writing on their account — Mom ... never mind. You could watch twitter all. day. long.
Tweeting on Twitter makes me want to fly the coop. There’s so much to read, all of the links, and so much to retweet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not biting that hand that feeds me. There’s a lot of great story ideas and interesting things on Twitter-verse. People using obscene language thinking they are funny, weather reports, personal relationship reports, sports scores, sports and political commentary, word/thought/ deed of the day — it’s all kind of overwhelming.
I mean how many systems do we need? Fark (I didn’t swear) Facebook, extraplay, evernote. How about scoopit, stuffpit, Tagzam Surfingbird (which looks like Twitter) Startlap, Throwpile (no doubt), Thinkfinity, ZingMe, WowBored (yup) and Baang.  Yup that’s the whole kit n kaboodle (which is another one).
These are only a few of the many servers, message boards, and communication systems available to people.
You can access all of this stuff every second of the day if you wanted to do that.
There’s tablets and iPads and laptops. Don’t forget the Smartphones which you carry around, but if you drop you need a new one. 
Smartphones can further be subdivided into Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows systems. What’s the best one? Which is the cheapest? Which is the easiest? Which is the prettiest (for those who like that sort of thing)? Which one can survive two four-year-olds playing soccer with it? Which company has the best make and who has the best contracts?
Maybe mother does know best. I’ll have to send her a fax and tell her ...
Ryan Dahlman is managing editor with the Prairie Post. Contact him with your comments about this opinion piece at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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