joining the twitter world

12 01 2009

so as i get back into the swing of things, i was advised that one of the things i needed to do was get on twitter.  oh boy! another killer app to integrate into my online presence.

twitter_logoso i’ve done it.  you can twitter me at dcleesfo.  (for those who don’t know, that means my twitter homepage can be found at http://twitter.com/dcleesfo.)  i have to say that twitter is very easy to use.  You type in anything you want – twitter suggests you answer the question “what am i doing?”  but you’ll quickly see that many people stray from this initial advice.

if you want to keep track of what someone is posting, you go to their home page and indicate you wish to “follow” them (or i guess follow their tweets is more a propos).  people can choose to follow your tweets as well.  you can block them from following you if you want – but i’m not sure why.  perhaps twitter suffers from spam as well.

there are all kinds of applications and extensions that people have built to let you use twitter from your iphone, your regular cellphone, and other applications (i’ve linked my toodledo account to twitter so i can call up my to-do’s via text message on my cellphone.  why? i’m not sure yet, but i have!!!!)

it seems the big initial challenge is to learn about @direct tweets versus public tweets so that you don’t accidentally share what you intend as a somewhat private message with the entire twitter world.





omg! it’s snowing!

8 01 2009

i guess i’m going to have to revisit a few of my posts on taking risk and dealing with change (see learning is risky business and my love-hate relationship with change.)  because it’s snowing outside my window!  i guess i’m not in palm springs anymore.

i recently heard someone make the comment that nothing changes until you change.  well after frustrating the heck out of myself trying to find work as a learning professional in the desert, my partner and i decided that it was time to change the equation.  so we packed up a rental truck, loaded the car onto a tow dolly, piled diva the dog into the cab and drove 3800 miles to move to the boston area.  as jay cross put it to me, “good move, dave. beantown thrives; palm springs is great for retirement.”  having lived here for 16 years, i’m hoping my connections will make finding a job in learning a bit easier.

snowy mountains above palm springs, california

snowy mountains above palm springs, california

so, it may be a bit colder here. ok, alot colder! and it might be snowing. although check out the picture i took from the park near our apartment in palm springs two days before we left! and yes, we’ve both come down with winter colds due to the change in climate.  but hey, we’re making the changes we need to make change work for us.

isn’t that the big challenge in dealing with change afterall?

so here’s to risk taking and a new year that some young dude from Illinois promised all of us in the united states would be filled with change.  now excuse me, i need to go shovel my car out of a snow bank!!!!