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Twitter etiquette

When Teddy Kennedy died back in August 2009, I was surprised to learn the news via Twitter instead of more traditional news sources.

Today, Twitter breaks most big stories.

bob simonFor instance, legendary CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed yesterday in an automobile accident in my neighborhood, yet I still heard about it on Twitter.

Then celebrities from all walks of life began making their statements of sympathy.

On Twitter.

Yet another development many a publicist and PR maven probably didn’t see coming down the information superhighway.

All those carefully worded press releases and statements of sympathy and support that once earned them an extra billable hour or six?  Gone.  Because now their clients can take to Twitter and, in 140 typo- and emoji-filled characters, sum up their feelings about the dearly departed.

And start a Twitter sh#t storm at the same time.

Atta boy, Joe

I love a newspaper with a sense of humor.

Of course, in this case, The Washington Post borrowed the funny from Vice President Joe Biden.

joe compliment

As is his habit, Joe had dozens of his trademark gems for the new members of the 114th Congress and their family during Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremonies. So the Post put together a little generator so we all can enjoy a compliment from the vice president.

You can always depend on Uncle Joe. And I don’t know about you, but today…

I can use the smile.

Context

If you dropped someone from the pre-Internet era onto this train — let’s say Don Draper from Mad Men just for the fun of it….

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…would he jump up, expecting the upholstery to burn his butt?

Think about it.

ImPressed

Back in June, I discussed Eric Devine’s young adult novel Press Play, which has since been published in October.

press playIt tells the story of a high school student who accidentally captures footage of the violent hazing practices of the lacrosse team while filming his documentary film project.

I was impressed by Devine’s idea to create a book trailer — like a movie trailer, but for his book — and display it at the local movie theatre in his home town of Waterford, New York.

A film features prominently in the book, and Devine is using the movies to promote it.

Devine’s book trailer was played multiple times before the films, inviting viewers to purchase Press Play at the mall bookstore where the cinema is located.

I think this is inspired.

Even better — Devine saw my blog post about his book trailer and was nice enough to share a link so we could all take a look:

Thanks Eric — and congrats again on the book and your brilliant marketing campaign!  Can’t wait to read it.

 

 

Up a tree

I got my first look at a Go Pro camera in an electronics store in the Cincinnati Airport over Halloween weekend. I had seen video footage from one before, but the clips they had on a loop at the store entrance sucked me right in.

So I completely understand why this squirrel felt the need to ‘grab and go.’

He’s a pretty good cameraman, yes?

That’s nice

World-Kindness-DayThe Twitter-sphere is all abuzz about today’s holiday of note —

World Kindness Day

This particularly caught my eye because a couple of days ago, the New York Times reported on a recent study that suggests the two most important qualities to affect the longevity of a relationship are generosity and kindness.

So, while you may want to perform a random act of kindness or two to celebrate the day, being kind on a more regular basis could have a big ol’ karma kick-back for you and your special someone.

Just saying.

Soulmates

old-faithful-jackson_4431Isn’t he a beauty?

I’ve never met Jackson, but Canadian photographer Peter Thorne has captured the depth and beauty of this old canine soul.

If you’ve had the privilege to share your home with a senior dog, you know what I’m talking about.  Their love is constant and unconditional and patient, with very few grumbles considering their declining health.

Thorne is putting together a collection of photos of older dogs called “Old Faithful” that he hopes to show at a gallery or assemble into a book.

peter thorneIf you’d like to learn more about his project that celebrates my favorite senior citizens, visit his Facebook page.

Rory and I are huge fans.