Are you a Twirgin?

Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, which I consider a very good thing. 

Aside from feeding Benjamin to the coyotes I’m 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, which I consider a very good thing. 

Aside from feeding Benjamin to the coyotes I’m 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

Until the light bulb goes off and you understand what is actually happening on Twitter (basically millions of people talking to each other at once) then keep playing with your friends Twitter account. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, which I consider a very good thing. 

Aside from feeding Benjamin to the coyotes I’m 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

Until the light bulb goes off and you understand what is actually happening on Twitter (basically millions of people talking to each other at once) then keep playing with your friends Twitter account. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, which I consider a very good thing. 

Aside from feeding Benjamin to the coyotes I’m 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

Until the light bulb goes off and you understand what is actually happening on Twitter (basically millions of people talking to each other at once) then keep playing with your friends Twitter account. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, which I consider a very good thing. 

Aside from feeding Benjamin to the coyotes I’m 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

Until the light bulb goes off and you understand what is actually happening on Twitter (basically millions of people talking to each other at once) then keep playing with your friends Twitter account. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, wh

My plan is to feed him to the coyotes. 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.
Okay. I know. I can’t click these heels and be delivered from evil, but… 

Red-Flats

they make me feel like I could. They’re amazing. My dream flats. And they were only $17.99 at Target. This picture doesn’t do them justice, just wanted you to know they’re on sale this week — because they won’t last. And no, Target didn’t pay me to say that… 

There is no place like home, but I need to get out of here – for longer than 48 hours. But this time I’m taking Benjamin with me. We’re going out to California at the end of the month to hide away from the world in Joshua Tree State Park (no offense world, but you can be annoying). This will be our first vacation together and Benjamin’s first flight. I’m actually spending money on a trip for the both of us which makes me a bit queasy to think about but it will be worth every penny. 

Still not used to actually having money to spend by the way. Being so broke for so long knocked the wind out of me – still haven’t recovered, which I consider a very good thing. 

Aside from feeding Benjamin to the coyotes I’m 

I rarely do this… but I found these flats at Target for $17.99. They’re perfect. And they’re red! Perfect. They had them in another color too, can’t remember which.  

 

(And, no, Target did not pay me to write about these shoes – I just genuinely adore them and want you to know about them). 

I bought them hoping just having them around would make Spring get here faster. No, really, I’ve actually been dreaming about little red flats like these for a while now. Remember the shoes I wanted to buy before my trip to Denmark? I’m so lucky… to be 

in preparation of spring and my trip out to California at the end of the month. Benjamin and I are going to take a little reprieve from the world (no offense world) in Joshua Tree. Then we’re going to host a little picnic with that Matt guy in the Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Matt Logelin – he needs your help. Check his site out for details. And stay tuned for an official time and place on our picnic. I can tell you for certain the date will be Sunday, March 1st.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

Until the light bulb goes off and you understand what is actually happening on Twitter (basically millions of people talking to each other at once) then keep playing with your friends Twitter account. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it. Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @thedatingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then it will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is. Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do?

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites hit the little respond arrow to send a reply (an @) to a particular Tweet. Or just go straight to their profile and follow them. 

I would recommend many more websites like these (because there are dozens) but these two are ideal for Twirgins. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now. There are people on Twitter like Ashton Kutcher and Dave Matthews (and yes, they use it frequently) who don’t need to follow anyone. But most people like to have a lot of followers and to follow a lot of people. As you follow everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. 

Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

4. Understand the difference

When I log in to Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts. One may not be “better” than the other – although I spend most of my time on Twitter – but they serve different purposes. 

Twitter is the world’s gigantic thought bubble. It’s really quite amazing. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight). 
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means. 
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin. 

How to lose your Twirginity. 

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.

Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” tells everyone it’s his Twitter domain because if you want to send a Tweet directly to Seth you would type in @datingpapers in front of your Tweet. Then that Tweet will be sent to him. Like a letter, or an e-mail. I hope you know what an e-mail is). Anyway. Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across. She didn’t pinch me by the way. 

 

If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2. 

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic. 
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow. 

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed. 

3. Start talking. 

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton Kutcher, Dave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back. If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin] 

So, back to the good stuff, as you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it. 

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not. Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you. 

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another. On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas and links with each other. Above all, just be yourself. 

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins. And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

You may be a Twirgin if…

  • You just “don’t get it.”
  • You are using it to stalk someone famous.
  • You post a tweet actually telling everyone what you are doing (for like three days straight).
  • You don’t know what in the hell the “@” means.
  • The letters DM mean absolutely nothing to you.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions you are a Twirgin.

How to lose your Twirginity.

1. Find the light bulb

Have someone who is already on Twitter show you how to use it.
Ask them to send out a Tweet asking all of their followers to say “Hi.” I did this tonight and Seth @datingpapers (that’s his Twitter domain, the “@” in this context is just a shortened version of http://www.twitter.com/datingpapers. But if I were using the “@” on Twitter it would actually send Seth a reply on my public Twitter stream. Everyone who follows me would see what I’m saying to Seth. That Tweet will also be sent to Seth as a reply.)

Seth sent a Tweet back in seconds telling my friend to pinch me. Silly, but it got the point across.

Until the light bulb goes off and you understand what is actually happening on Twitter (basically millions of people talking to each other at once) then keep playing with your friend’s Twitter account.
If you don’t have a friend to show you how to use Twitter than just dive into #2.

2. Find people to follow

You’re starting at zero. A lonely number indeed. If you’re not following anyone you can’t see what anyone is talking about and you proclaim, “I just don’t get it.” Then someone tells you to start following people – a lot of people. But who do you follow? And then what do you do? There are dozens of Twitter search websites but these two are my favorites and the best for Twirgins.

  • Visit Search.Twitter.com and (just like you would in Google) type in a word – anything. Just something you’re interested in. Watch the screen refresh as everyone you see is talking about just that topic.
  • Try NearbyTweets.com to find people on Twitter in your area. Again… you’ll see what they’re saying and can respond or follow.

On both sites if you see an interesting Tweet just click on the profile icon and you’ll head straight to that person’s Twitter page. Then click follow.

Twitter is fun because you can follow anyone (unless they have their Tweets locked to private or if you’ve been blocked, both rare). So follow away and don’t worry about all of those Facebook rules – Twitter isn’t the same. It’s a free for all. Everyone is accepted and everyone loves to be followed.

3. Start talking.

If you followed enough people in step #2 you should have a lot of followers by now.

With the exception of the Twitter elite, like Ashton KutcherDave Matthews and Lance Armstrong, most Twitter users will follow you back.If everyone is giving you a cold shoulder check that profile picture to be sure you’re not freaking them out. [Hint: Do not become obsessed with the famous people on Twitter, dead giveaway that you’re a Twirgin]

So, back to the good stuff.

As you start following everyone you’ll notice your personal timeline, or live Twitter feed, filling up with chatter. You’re choosing to listen to these people and some of them are choosing to listen to you. At any time you can un-follow someone by clicking through to their profile and clicking the “remove” button. Some would call it a popularity contest. But those are just the people who don’t get it.

If you see an interesting Tweet come along just hit the little arrow on the Tweet and reply to that person. You’ll see their name with the @ symbol in front of it in your Tweet window. You can reply to anyone’s thoughts whether they follow you or not.

Make sense? Don’t forget to check your Replies tab in your Twitter account to see if anyone is talking to you. It’s on the right hand side of your profile and it looks like this @yourname.
To send someone a direct message (a DM) they must be following you.

4. Understand the difference

On Facebook I’m connecting with old friends from high school or college (not that I don’t love them) but we are connected because we were once in the same place for some reason or another.

On Twitter I am finding people by sharing ideas and thoughts, we are discovering each other through a vast web of connections. The key is to share ideas, thoughts and links with each other. The key difference between Facebook and Twitter, as you’ll soon discover, is that Twitter connects people based on common interests, ideas, passions and careers – not because of an alma mater.

I hope this helps all of you Twirgins.

And, if you’re not on Twitter yet – you will be.

Twitter Key for Twirgins

@ – The @ symbol is a short way of saying “my Twitter domain is http://www.twitter.com/mssinglemama” – instead you just say “find me @mssinglemama on Twitter”.

DM – This stands for a Direct Message, you can only send these to people who are following you back.

TinyURL – this is a website that actually shrinks long website addresses so that they can fit into a Tweet. If you have a really long URL to put into a Tweet, hop over to TinyURL and they’ll snap it into a nice small (tiny) size.

If you want to know more about Twitter start here.

—-

To Seasoned Twitterers.

Leave your advice for the Twirgins with a comment. And Twirgins, if you have any questions – ask away.

Also check out this list of 14 Tools of Highly Effective Twitter Users.

Additional Newbie Twitter Articles:

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Web Travel Rob February 8, 2009 at 12:09 am

It's extremely important for folks to check their @replies — especially to see posts from folks that they're not following.

Reply

Henie February 9, 2009 at 4:42 am

Thanks for a great and informative post! I wish I had the opportunity to read this when I first started…all is cool now but it was a nice re-fresher.

Best Always,
Henie

Reply

Melissa March 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm

This is great! Thanks for sharing! I am sending it to my parents, as they were asking about twittering during the state of the union.

Reply

Brian Cray March 7, 2009 at 2:42 am

Thanks for including Nearby Tweets! Great post too 🙂

Reply

tina March 7, 2009 at 2:56 am

thanks for all the info I am most definitely a twirgin!!!! aaaah. and my stupid macbook will not let me upload a pic or anything it always closes down, and i give up. one of these days..i'll get it and thanks for all the advice!!!!

Reply

Crystal March 30, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Great advice! There are so many people who just don't get it… Twitter is all about conversation… if you are just posting and no one is responding… then make your tweets more interesting. Don't just list the things you are doing… share ideas… share a website you love… list what's playing on your iPod at the moment… Twitter is so versatile… play around with it… branch out a little more and find your "niche"

Reply

Tina Fortune March 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Great info-even for the seasoned Twitterer! Thanks @mssinglemama !

Reply

Aimee Falcon April 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I wish I would have found this sooner! But still learned something new! thanks

Reply

April April 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Thanks! Perfect timing, considering I just started using Twitter yesterday.

Reply

Apples April 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm

RT (re-tweeting) question….. If someone RT's a RT which says RT from @ someone do you @ that someone or do you @ the RT you RTed from.. LMAO! Just wondering on Twitter etiquette of it all…

Reply

Crystal April 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

When I do that, it looks like this :
RT @userigotitfrom: RT: @usertheygotitfrom Tweet
Do you leave both names in there… it gets tricky, because sometimes they can get too long.

Reply

Apples April 17, 2009 at 5:49 am

but what if it is too long then you can only @ one which to you pick 😛

Reply

MissIve April 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

"Twitter connects people based on common interests, ideas, passions and careers – not because of an alma mater."

LOVE it. And love your site. So honest. We have to chat.

Reply

Irishmom May 23, 2009 at 2:10 am

Thanks! I am/was one of the newbies and let me tell you I had no clue what I was doing. But, slowly it's becoming clearer and this really helped. I enjoy the fact that it's not Facebook talking to people that you know. It's nice to see people (esp. Moms) talking back and forth about things that affect us universally. I really appreciate the info! : )

Reply

projector ceiling vpl dx10 March 23, 2015 at 6:02 am

You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I in finding this
matter to be actually one thing which I believe I would never
understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me.
I’m having a look ahead to your subsequent post,
I’ll attempt to get the hang of it!

Reply

Leave a Comment