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People say great things on Twitter.  It’s the short format… It forces you to really think about the efficacy of 140 characters.  So as I said before, I’m starting a tweet-log of some of my favorite tweets, by myself and by others.  Below is one of my all-time favorite tweet exchanges from my earlier days on Twitter. If it’s ever happened to you then you know how exciting a reply from a Twitter-lebrity is.

A brief exchange with anti-PR celeb Amanda Chapel on March 6th:

 
 BobbyPens RT @TDefren “This Blog Post is Not About Skittles” http://pr-squared.com/?p=732. Gotta say this Skittles gimmick does not excite me.

amandachapel@BobbyPens “Gotta say this Skittles gimmick does not excite me.” Excuse me, but for most social media vagrants, Skittles is high art.

BobbyPens@amandachapel Those vagrants need to be put in their place on this one… Skittles are fruit-flavored candy for cryin out loud!

 
I still remain unimpressed by Skittles, for the record. You need to have a Website. I don’t care how Web 1.0 that sounds!

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It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’ve just completed a challenging week of final exams and if everything goes according to plan, I will be a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication in 8 long days…

While I was taking a break from blogging, I’ve been working on some new ideas for Bobby Pens.  It took me a few weeks after joining in February for a class assignment, but I am now completely and totally addicted to Twitter. I had just a basic personal account when I first joined, but about a month in, I suddenly “got it” and http://www.twitter.com/%5Bredacted%5D became the micro-blog within the Bobby Pens blog.  You can and should use your Twitter account as an extension of your blog. I’ve found it doubles the interactivity.

  • A micro-blog is the same idea as a regular blog but it consists of much shorter written, audio, or visual entries (there are also macro-blogs, discussed on Bobby Pens as well).  The recommended length of a blog post is 250-500 words.  A micro-blog can be one sentence, 140 characters, a three-photo photo essay, a ten second video clip, a text message, or a quick status update on a larger social networking site, for example.
  • See: Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, Jaiku, Plurk for examples of micro-blogging platforms.

There are some great Tumblr “Tumblelogs” out there (http://thedw.us/ and http://chrisabigail.tumblr.com/), but Twitter is my micro-blogging drug of choice.  It forces me to confront my problems with brevity (you are limited to 140 characters per “tweet”).  It also reminds me how profound writers can be when they use their words (and multimedia) judiciously.

So I’ve decided to start tweet-logging, yet another term that I thought I’d invented, but to which someone already beat me. Life goes on… I suppose.

  • Tweet-logging is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a log of your tweets.
  • You don’t have to do it on your own.  There is software that automatically updates your regular blog with your tweets for the day (for example, LoudTwitter).
  • I will be manually tweet-logging, to showcase my favorite tweets on Bobby Pens and elsewhere. You can see a full feed of my tweets on the left-and side of this blog, or of course by visiting my Twitter page.

Unfortunately, there are no formal tweet-logs that I could find to share with you… Tweet-logs pop up in various forms on plenty of blogs, but always part of a larger blog, like this one.  But this is the internet. Give it some time!

…I don’t see how anyone does it. I can barely remember Comcast channels to get my morning Golden Girls fix, let alone words and sentences and grammar and syntax and punctuation

 

I have some new posts planned for the week, which for me should kick in around Tuesday:

·         Ode to the Sims 2, top-selling, awesome-est video game of all time

·         Live-blogging from the ER, how I spent my Saturday night

 

I am still trying to get into the Bobby Pens groove. Every time I want to focus on PR or social and new media, Tyra Banks does something fantastic on her show. And I get the urge to write about it. I appreciate singularly focused blogs, so it keeps me on the edge of my seat when I think about the many courses this blog could run. But blogging is exciting and I’ve had so much fun starting this blog and getting involved in the Twitter-sphere (twitter.com/BobbyPens). I’m meeting awesome people and learning a lot. My next goals are to buy a domain name or two and to try my hand at website construction. Any pointers you have, I’m all ears! Seriously. Nothing but ears here, folks.

So I’m still fumbling around this blog, getting into my guh-rooove thing. I really like the concept of live-blogging because I love taking notes. (Yes, you should sit near me in that 8 a.m. lecture on communications law).

I watch pretty much every episode of the Tyra Banks Show now that I’ve been blessed with a DVR. Before that, I just scheduled my classes around it…

Why not do something more productive with my “Tyra-Time”? Haha, okay, well something that at least makes me feel productive.

Some notes on how I plan to live-blog:

· I know… this isn’t technically liveblogging because I’m not watching a live event and I’m not in actually in the studio during taping (weep). So I’m just going to stick that “semi” in there and go on about my business.

· My timestamps are somewhat arbitrary, I have no way of knowing when each aired segment really happened, so I instead give the place in the DVR recording. Six minutes into the program is 0:06, and so on. Not exactly military precision, but it gets me by.

· My method: I take notes on the show as I watch, and type them up. Then I clean it up before I post. Again, I think this goes against the true nature of live-blogging, because it’s not a live recap of what I’m seeing, but it makes for clearer, more concise reading. I can always share my “live” notes on the show with whoever wants them, if that helps matters any.

Alright, so check back often for my semi live-blogging of the Tyra Banks Show. Especially if you miss Tyra because you work or go to school, and don’t yet have a DVR. I feel your pain, and I feel strongly that no one should go without his or her Tyra fix. Ever!

So my involvement with Twitter has forced me to confront my age-old enemy: Brevity. Those 140 characters are a total buzz kill when you’re suddenly struck with the urge to pour out your soul on the topic of seafood bisque, as I often am. (I like mine chunky. Why must chefs blend it to a pulp so that I’m forced to drink my shrimp? Is that someone’s idea of cuisine? Because from where I sit, it’s just a glorified, aquatic-life-based protein shake.)

I’m not the biggest fan of conciseness. It does nothing for me. Eclecticism? Cool. Specificity? Awesome. Give me any topic, any story, but by all means, do not skimp me on the details. And for the love of Office Suite, don’t ask me to keep it short either.

You may not know me, oh, but you know someone just like me. The kind of person who tells a story that starts in one time zone and ends up just like that time my Grandma took me to see a taping of Wheel of Fortune, only Vanna White didn’t look anything like I thought she’d look up close, you know?

But I can’t function that way anymore… I start to write a blog entry that looks like a FAFSA application. And for what?! I can’t even tell by the end how the beginning got there. And it keeps me from saying all the things I’ve got on my mind. WHO OTHERWISE WILL SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT SEAFOOD BISQUE??

So I’m going to limit myself. I have to. For the sake of sanity, Bobby Pens is becoming a macro-blog. 200 words or less, per entry. For the next 5 posts (it’s trial run). Maybe 250 words if the topic moves me. Hey, you don’t get to make the rules! And you don’t need to count the words in this entry, either. Nope… no need.

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