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'You underestimate the Power of Social Networking.'

Wow, last week was a slow blogging week. Not intentional, I assure you. As I blogged, the little guy had a rough week, which meant that I had less computer time and mostly wanted to go straight to bed as soon as they were in bed.

He seems to be doing better- either that or I finally figured out how to help expedite the end of his tantrums. I’m not sure. But somehow we’ve settled into a groove.

But that has nothing to do with social networking. This does. Yesterday morning, a food stylist was on a flight and was pulled from it for questioning before take off. Why? A passenger had noted his “Atom Bomb” tattoo across his fingers and felt he was a flight risk. He explained that Atom Bomb was a nickname, and was allowed back on the flight. But he tweeted about it. His followers shared it, and it spread like wildfire. I’ve yet to see any sort of statement from Delta.

When I shared this link, a family friend shared that she sat next to someone who had recently been reading a book on Islam, but left it at home because he knew someone who’d been pulled off a flight for doing so. I understand that people are still afraid of terrorism, but we’ve become so terrified of something that isn’t so much a risk anymore that now we’re profiling individuals based on their appearance.

Honestly, I probably would have let this slide if it had been the flight crew who were concerned. Or if there had been some sort of comment that was paired with his tattoo that made the passenger think he might be a risk. But it wasn’t. It was one person who looked at him with his tattoos and judged him based on it.

Another friend of mine brought up that like Kevin Smith and SouthWest Airlines, that this was aided by his status as a well known food stylist who was followed on Twitter by celebrity chefs. I’m sure it caused it to spread more quickly, but it’s not like individuals haven’t had their stories heard because they weren’t celebrities. All it took was a catchy video, and the musician whose guitar was destroyed by United Airlines was making the morning news circuit. And Monica Gaudio wasn’t anyone- but it only took a few days for her story about Cooks Source stealing her material to spread across the internet and ruin the magazine.

I’m sure that being a celebrity helps- but honestly, so long as your story is relatable it doesn’t take much for it to go viral. After all, you just have to click Retweet or Share and suddenly, you’re sharing it with all of your friends/followers who can pass it on just as easily. See? That’s the power of social networking. (Admittedly, not all of us regularly crash websites like Neil Gaiman, but you know- we all have reach)

Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

My tweets

Nov. 14th, 2010 04:02 am
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  • Fri, 18:20: Happy Saturday!
  • Fri, 18:25: I'm enjoying the Doctor Who marathon on BBCA. Weeping Angels!
  • Fri, 21:12: James Frey's attempts to prey on young writers reminds me of a lot of independent comic publishers. UGH. http://bit.ly/bM6OMW
  • Fri, 21:44: Today's Google Doodle makes me smile. Even if Stevenson introduced the notion of "walking the plank."
  • Fri, 21:44: Nothing makes me cringe more than pirates making people walking the plank. Real pirate punishments were creepy enough.
  • Fri, 22:03: Kidlets got Mater's Tall Tales while out today. We're watching it on repeat.
  • Fri, 22:07: RT @jennifurret: I like how I'm least motivated to blog when I have the free time to do it // Same here!
  • Fri, 22:16: While TheBoy is sleeping, I keep an eye on his phone. He's told work 3 times at least he can't work tonight, but they keep asking if he can.
  • Fri, 22:16: Because of course, one will change their answer after the 15th time.
  • Sat, 00:20: Kidlets are melting down. Why? They want to help the uncles move a desk.
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My tweets

Nov. 12th, 2010 04:16 am
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  • Wed, 17:02: Curiously enough, the parking lot at D's school is most full when K-8 have no school.
  • Wed, 17:08: As it's Veterans Day, I would like to thank all those who've served, and remember those I know who've passed.
  • Wed, 17:09: For every year up until my grandfather's death, I was always so thankful that he hurt his knee playing football and was sent home.
  • Wed, 17:11: He was in Army Intel and in England for some time- he had stories about the Blitz and formed a barbershop group during an air raid.
  • Wed, 17:50: I think the waiter forgot about me. The downside of dining alone, I guess.
  • Wed, 17:58: After I sent that tweet the waiter showed up. Creepy.
  • Wed, 19:07: It is colder inside the house than it is outside. Where's my parka?
  • Thu, 01:09: Today was the Oldest Kidlet's Parent/Teacher Conference. I showed up on time & had to wait in the hall.
  • Thu, 01:10: The mom with the timeslot ahead of me showed up at MY time and made everyone late.
  • Thu, 01:10: The good news is that my son's doing well & she likes that she sees me every day so that she can give me updates as things happen.
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My tweets

Nov. 11th, 2010 04:02 am
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  • Tue, 18:17: Watching the "A-Team" episode of @sesamestreet and I can't stop laughing. I <3 Ryan Reynolds in this. lol
  • Tue, 18:18: Also, Telly wearing tons of necklaces ala Mr T is pretty awesome, too.
  • Tue, 18:21: RT @POParitaville: @whitneyd Used to call Innoventions an expensive swap meet where you can't buy anything.
  • Tue, 18:22: Little Kidlet is having a not so good horrible day, which means... so am I. Can we skip 3 please?
  • Tue, 18:56: [Blog] How rude! http://bit.ly/aCugpu The Little Guy meltsdown, and one woman ruins my day.
  • Tue, 19:20: RT @abc7: BREAKING NEWS: Cal State University board has approved plan to raise tuition by 15.5 percent by next fall http://bit.ly/9BldFT
  • Tue, 21:07: I could care less about the Twilight movies, but E! says that Bella's wedding dress is ugly and it's the fault of SOMEONE who has final say.
  • Tue, 21:07: The idea that they'd give Meyer final say over a wedding dress makes me laugh- have you seen most LDS wedding dresses?
  • Wed, 06:29: Downside of being a writer, I tend to guess plot points for movies & tv shows. Good writing manages to surprise me, even if I've guessed it.
  • Wed, 06:31: An example of that? This week's Glee had a moment with Kurt that I'd told my mom week's ago I'd write in the story if I had a shot.
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My tweets

Nov. 10th, 2010 04:02 am
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  • Mon, 15:34: Okay. Tea is hot. Apparently I'm too tired to remember that because I burnt my tongue.
  • Mon, 19:04: RT @radiomaru: Scott Pilgrim is out on DVD/Blu-ray today! We are signing at Amoeba Hollywood on Thursday, 6 pm; be there!
  • Mon, 19:05: Happy Day of Epicness! Also known as the release date for the Scott Pilgrim BluRay & DVD. Buy your copy!!
  • Mon, 19:06: LIttle guy and I managed to go to the bank & Target after our day got off to a rotten start.
  • Mon, 19:06: The secret to a nice day out? It's having women around who will coo over how adorable he is so that he can flirt back.
  • Tue, 04:24: [Blog] The Terrible Threes http://bit.ly/bxE1he Because three is worse than two. Seriously.

My tweets

Nov. 9th, 2010 04:02 am
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My tweets

Nov. 8th, 2010 04:01 am
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  • Sat, 14:09: RT @POParitaville: RT @swissmt59: It's official... Disney has struck a deal with Shanghai to build Shanghai Disneyland
  • Sat, 14:18: Oldest kidlet wanted to get the paper, and TheBoy thought his dad might have picked it up. So the kid went into FIL's room to complain.
  • Sat, 14:33: I hate automated menus. I had to call the LA Times to tell them we didn't get our paper and it took 6 tries to get them the info. #grr
  • Sat, 17:24: [Blog] Pumpkin Cheesecake http://bit.ly/aOiKYd You will make this #jedimindtrick (Seriously though, this was amazing)
  • Sat, 22:22: TheBoy took us to a park so that the kidlets could play, but we had to walk a LONG way to get to the playground.
  • Sat, 22:22: Considering how out of shape I am, a brisk 1.57 mi round trip was not what I'd planned. But I survived! #whoo
  • Sat, 22:23: @whitneyd has earned a #TweetGrade of A+. http://tweetgrade.com/whitneyd
  • Sat, 22:24: Apparently I respond, RT and tweet enough to be considered decent at this. Who knew?
  • Sun, 00:32: Twitter confession: One of my biggest regrets is letting people talk me out of writing & cartooning when I was in my teens.
  • Sun, 00:33: I admit, I had a ton of interests in high school, but I did what everyone wanted me to do vs doing what made me happiest as a kid & teen.

My tweets

Nov. 7th, 2010 04:01 am
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  • Fri, 16:39: Yikes! I hope it's resolved quickly, @Skiptink
  • Fri, 19:35: Is there anything better than pan fried potatoes? Yes! Pan fried potatoes cooked in bacon grease. #nomnomnom
  • Fri, 19:38: Watching "Meet Diego" with the kidlets. On Go, Diego Go, he mostly helps the animals. Here's he's using them to do the work for him.
  • Fri, 19:38: And endangered species, too! Nice message, Nickelodeon. LOL
  • Sat, 00:45: TheBoy is at the UCLA game, and MIL gave me freedom to run away, so I am locking myself upstairs to write. Hooray!
  • Sat, 00:49: Also, @neilhimself is wonderful. http://bit.ly/a9aVw1 Though I believe we already knew that!

My tweets

Nov. 6th, 2010 04:01 am
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  • Thu, 14:36: I find it interesting that if you read comments on reviews of "For Colored Girls" people are taking offense at the title.
  • Thu, 14:38: I'm guessing not many people realize it's an adaptation of a play.
  • Thu, 14:47: While I enjoy @KeithOlbermann, I'm not sure he understand what jumping the shark means. http://huff.to/b8Pzcs
  • Thu, 15:34: We saw a praying mantis outside a classroom! http://plixi.com/p/55104229
  • Thu, 23:01: Making the crust for the pumpkin cheesecake. Man, I really need a food processor!
  • Fri, 00:58: Cheesecake is in the oven, and FIL is getting the GOOD pizza for PIzza night! Life is good! #happydance
  • Fri, 00:59: I didn't quite follow the recipe- we ran out of brown sugar and someone threw out my molasses, so I couldn't make more. Arg.
  • Fri, 01:08: Think that there were too many political ads on this election cycle? You weren't imagining things, Nielsen says. http://bit.ly/cerU9w
  • Fri, 01:11: That link was interesting- as it also shows who had the lightest amt of political ads. Jackson, MS was a winner with 1.02%
  • Fri, 01:29: Squee to the squeeth power! FIL got a pizza with just chorizo on it! Usually he gets chorizo & jalepeno, and I am left out.
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Nov. 5th, 2010 04:01 am
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My tweets

Nov. 4th, 2010 04:16 am
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  • Tue, 16:36: Portia di Rossi admits she had an eating disorder and that it was linked to her struggle to hide that she was gay http://bit.ly/9MGDMC
  • Tue, 16:41: Sadly, a lot of sites are editing this to say that being a lesbian made her anorexic. Which is twisting the truth in a horrible way.
  • Tue, 16:45: Yes, she said that she became anorexic because she was looking for control- but a lot of the articles are simplifying it dangerously.
  • Tue, 20:32: RT @simonpegg: Just back from a repeat viewing of Scott Pilgrim vs The World. That movie just gets better and better. Feel the lesbians. ...
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It can’t be Saturday already. It seems like it was just Monday, even though that was one of the longest weeks I’ve had in ages.

The rundown- my oldest started the week with a cough, after a total of 7 days at preschool. It seems like it should be a record. He never spiked a fever, he’s just been coughing. Of course, it didn’t help that on Tuesday night he started clearing his throat. It was almost like a nervous tick- he wasn’t really aware that he was doing it. Of course, that did more damage to his throat than the coughing. So from Wednesday on, he basically had no voice. I didn’t pull him out of school- other than having a tiny squeaky voice, he was completely fine. His teacher agreed with me (especially since he was only there for a few hours).

I also didn’t get much sleep. The coughing would wake me up (though it didn’t wake my sons up). And if the coughing didn’t wake me up, then the nightly 3 am meowfest from Zorro would. It was worse than usual, and last night it dawned on me that Zorro was concerned about my son, so he was trying to wake me up so I’d check on him. I’m serious! When I got up to get my son something to drink, the cat would follow me downstairs to get the drink, then up to my son’s room then back into my room. All while doing an odd meow. I swear, he’s more dog than cat.

Just so this isn’t a bunch of whining, here are the things that made me laugh/smile this week:

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Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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You know, nothing makes me laugh more than comment spam. Seriously! Sometimes it’s the typos, sometimes it’s that it was obviously translated from Russian to some other language and then English. But mostly, it’s that my blog has plenty of posts that these comments might apply to- but not on the post it was submitted on. Case in point, today’s gem:

Thank you for such a fantastic blog. Where else could one get this kind of info written in such an incite full way? I have a presentation that I am just now working on, and I have been looking for such information.

Barring the “incite full” typo… this could be a real comment! Except that this was posted on my post for Oven Fried Chicken. I suppose that someone could be doing a presentation on chicken recipes… but yeah. Not likely.

Yesterday was the 25th Anniversary of Super Mario Brothers (in addition to the birthday of TheBoy). There were plenty of tweets about it, but Wil Wheaton’s made me laugh. Then today, he blogged about a Twitter exchange that made it even better.

Now believe it or not, I started this blogpost to share that my oldest son is in preschool 5 days a week now! When we signed him up for preschool, we had him in for 3 days a week, half days. It boggles the mind that there are full day preschool classes, really.

But on Friday, I was told by his teacher that the preschool director wanted to talk to us. As we waited for her, I worried. Had they lost our check? What was wrong? Ultimately, it was that the teacher felt that Drake wasn’t ready for their pre-K class and they wanted to put him in a regular preschool class. When we were signing him up, I had been told that the pre-K class was for older children. I wasn’t told that essentially it was for the kids who’d already done preschool- so they knew letters, numbers… and could write already. So obviously, I agreed. Had I known that? I never would have put him in it.

He started with his new class yesterday, and seems to be doing well. The teacher seemed surprised he couldn’t use scissors. I explained that he hasn’t used scissors before, since he has a little brother who’s only 2 and both of them tend to do everything together. But she’s going to work with him and I’m going to get him some of those safety scissors that don’t cut anything, so we can practice at home.

Things sure have changed since I went to preschool. I don’t remember anyone expecting that I knew how to do anything, except sit still, play nicely and that I could use the bathroom!

Tomorrow: Summarizing the schedule. What it used to be and what it is now..

Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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It’s no secret that one of my favorite ad campaigns as of late are the Isaiah Mustafa Old Spice ads. The banter is clever, it’s intriguing… and oh, that voice!

So far we’re up to four separate spots (I don’t know the actual names, but they are: “I’m on a horse”, Riding Backwards, Motorcycle in the Hot Tub, and Mustache), and just when I was concerned that this might lose steam, Old Spice guy has found a new way to win me over.

Today, he’s replying to comments, blog posts and tweets right on the internet. All posted at @OldSpice – he’s the man that my man could smell like. Each is hilarious and honestly… my enjoyment is as endless as his prop supply.

So OldSpice guy, I might not get any work done on my novel, but oh- I am enjoying today.

Here’s his reply to Alyssa Milano.

Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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Just a few minutes ago, I logged into Facebook to see that one of my favorite ex-Jungle Cruise Skippers, Dr. David Marley (comedian/professor) had posted this:

So the GOP’s plan on stopping Kagan from getting on the Supreme Court is by attacking Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African-American Justice. Way to keep it racist, GOP!

Why am I posting this? Almost immediately, two women that I don’t know personally replied that they weren’t racist. Which would be a valid response if he had remotely been calling out Republicans as a whole. Marley does tend to make fun of the GOP a fair amount, but obviously, this was geared towards the Republican senators at Kagan’s confirmation hearing that were using the proceedings to bash Thurgood Marshall.

I was going to write about how common it’s become for people to automatically defend their political party without always reading the original post they’re trying to defend, but I’ve noticed that it’s becoming more and more common for people to skim Facebook status updates and tweets and simply respond.

In the last two weeks, I saw someone comment that they went to the Apple store for a wireless mouse, and someone asked what they bought. I’ve said that I made strawberry ice cream for dessert, and someone asked me what kind of ice cream I made. These weren’t verbose blog posts- they were short status updates or tweets that were around 140 characters. But somehow, reading them in their entirety was too much for people.

Obviously, I don’t believe that 140 characters is too many. I’m a big fan of Twitter, enjoy browsing Facebook statuses, and hope that you’ll read this much longer blog post. But honestly, if someone’s writing something that short- you might as well read it twice just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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I admit, I’m not an expert on social media. I didn’t go to school to study it, but I have been on Twitter for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days*. I’ve followed people and companies alike, and have seen a lot of tactics that companies and individuals have employed in promoting themselves. These are my thoughts on tips for using Twitter more effectively for promoting yourself or an event. If you disagree or agree, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments- mostly because there are no rules for Twitter Etiquette right now. Everyone has a different idea, and it’d be nice to discuss it openly as an internet community.

Using Twitter is easy. You can send a quick missive out into the ether and it’s so easy to keep following up. But at some point in time, you might wonder if you’re crossing over from having a frequent presence on Twitter to being in danger of spamming those who follow you.

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Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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Jim Carrey, once upon a time, I thought you were entertaining. Then you dated Jenny McCarthy and began spouting anti-vaccination nonsense. Yes, nonsense. There have been no studies that positively link vaccines to autism. Indeed, most studies seem to indicate that the timing of when certain vaccines are given is about the time that signs of autism begin to show in children. But studies haven’t been able to prove that it’s the vaccines. Not only that, you’ve blocked or ignored anyone who tried to offer scientific proof that you might be wrong. Not exactly a way to prove that you’re really an advocate for autism- instead, you came off like a pretentious jerk who is just using his celebrity to be heard, but doesn’t want to actually hold a discussion.

Now you’ve broken up with Jenny and felt it time to weigh in on the most relevant of topics- Tiger Wood’s infidelity. This is timely only in that he’s playing in the Masters, most of us weighed in on how we felt when the scandal broke at the end of last year. So, you’re Team Tiger. There are plenty of people who are. Not only that, you’re for the public staying out of their business. Which makes sense- because honestly, it’s their marriage. So why start saying it’s Elin’s fault? By claiming this, all it does is make you a hypocrite and completely out of line.

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One of the stories now flooding the mainstream news, but already over the Twittersphere was Kevin Smith being ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight. He was told it was because he violated their "Customers of Size" policy (which says that any customer who is unable to lower both armrests must purchase two seats). Interestingly enough, Smith HAD purchased two seats on his original flight, but when on standby for an earlier flight was only able to get one. And was able to lower the armrests. Yet was still asked to leave.

Southwest of course, is embarrassed. They offered him a voucher, he was able to get on a later Southwest flight (again, in a single seat where this pilot deemed he wasn't too fat to fly). But by that point in time, he'd already tweeted to all his followers everything that had happened. And when Southwest's official apology went up, it was basically too late.

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