Monthly Archives: October 2012

Somewhere down that not so crazy Twitter river

2 dollars by the bed with a pair of rubber shoes, 5 dollars at the bottom. This is what I was told by an older homeless woman earlier today after I handed her 2 dollars.  She’s done her time and still doing it, there was a message in there somewhere and she stated it in 140 characters or less, to me.  As I walked away I wondered how many times in one day that woman recites it. The message made no sense to me but nor do half the tweets I read on a daily basis.  Twitter?  What’s your purpose exactly?  The people want to know.  I chuckle when I hear mass Twitter haters use the ‘ who cares that someone ate a burger on a Tuesday and tweets it ‘ as the example to why they have no use for it.   Well, I’d have to agree. But if you’re a business owner for instance and you’re selling burgers at half price as a special promotion to drive traffic into your artery clogging treehouse, Twitter is definitely one artery your heart would use to pump that message through.  Capillaries and veins know their job and we as digital dwellers unknowingly know ours.  But we pass those messages along and the circuit loop begins and continues on.

I ended up seeing that woman half hour later in a shop buying bread. Witnessing that put a lump in my throat.  I’d like to think that my 2 bucks inspired that purchase.

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All that and a bag of online sharing.

Photo sharing.  Sharing period.  It’s become a big part of what we do online.  We’re digital vessels, mining carts for gems and precious metals.  We find what we like and we share.  It’s good.  Very good.  Some of what we find may be bright and shiny one minute then slowly start to fade as it gets handled by the hundreds of hands it passes thru.  But not always.  So share to your heart’s content.  Not only is it fun, it’s beneficial in so many ways.  I was part of the mixed tape generation, those years gone to dust and most wouldn’t even know what that would mean exactly but that action, that time period truly was the pyramid of sharing and allowing others to get a glimpse into different slices of our being, our personalities.  Reach out and share a friend’s work whether it’s art, music or a clever quote, it’s a handshake and a pat on the back for many.  There aren’t shelves for these miniature digital trophies but people watch, listen and remember.