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Twitter and I had a very rough start. To be honest, when I first tried it, I was way into Facebook. And Twitter just made me feel like an idiot. I didn’t think we had anything in common. I’d never find friends there. I had nothing to say.

But then it happened. Ever so slowly, I realized the allure of Twitter. Like A-Rod and Cameron, our relationship might not be forever but right now it’s working for both of us.

I logged on to Twitter the other day and realized that Zac Efron was following me. Wow, a movie star! With awesome hair. And a six-pack. How cool is that? I immediately start envisioning my small but pivotal speaking part in “17 Again Part Two” when I take a closer look at the twitter ID… Zak Eron.

Hold on to your High School Musical, that doesn’t sound like a movie star at all.

Turns out, this Zak is the founder of Falcon Stuff, a store that caters to the needs of bird-lovers everywhere. Except I don’t have bird loving needs. I’m just the gal who naively named her blog The Mama Bird Diaries and has subsequently earned a faithful following of bird watchers across the globe. Who clearly don’t actually read my blog.

By the way,  if you’re interested, Zak tweets that he is having a huge sale on bird baths and bird launchers this week.

So who do I follow on Twitter besides Zak the bird enthusiast?

I follow almost all individuals who are NOT trying to save me religiously, sway my political views or pressure me to home school. And it helps if you worship Cadbury Creme Eggs and “Project Runway.”

I follow companies that are socially conscious and eco-friendly as long as they are making an effort to engage the Twitter community and not just promote their products in all their tweets.

One thing I totally do not get… the automatic direct message after you follow someone.  Isn’t this like sending a thank you note for a thank you note?!  Expect totally impersonal. It really makes me want to unfollow the individual or company, except I’m sadly way too lazy to follow through.

For example, the company Weleda recently followed me. I like Weleda. The company truly seems committed to making products without synthetic preservatives and chemicals. So I followed them back. And then I immediately get this….

Thanks for joining us in cultivating beauty around the world! Read more about us anytime at www dot blah blah blah who gives a crap.

Can we all agree to abolish the generic, automatic direct message?  Fantastic.

And some people say this isn’t a blog about social change.

@mamabirddiaries is obviously making quite a difference in this world.

34 Responses to twitter and me

  • Could have been worse. Hey, you could have naively named your blog the Mama Frog Diaries (I’m not, in any shape or form, pretending to have a reason for the “frog” bit, it’s just a delicate and kind-hearted attempt to show you that it could have been worse) and just think what freaks would have ended up following…

  • traci says:

    I just unfollowed a whole handfull of people who only tweet about giveaways. Which is a lot of people to unfollow since I only follow 30 people. But the constant giveaway peddling-gah. I think I’d rather be tempted to homeschool.

  • Diane says:

    You are not alone. I predict that in 3 years, we will all be laughing at the Twitter phenom, like Crystal Pepsi or whatever that invention is called that was going to revolutionize the way we travel. You know, Paul Blatt in Mall Cop. Does anyone even know the name? I sound like an old lady but Twitter is just a passing fad. Bah humbug.

  • Peta says:

    Without Twitter, how else can you give your followers a minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow account of the twims birth? Really. Hmpf.

  • I am brandy new to Twitter and I don’t really get it yet. But based on what I’ve learned today from your blog, I’m very glad I never tweeted about my love for the song “Psycho Killer”.

  • Inna says:

    I haven’t joined the twitter band wagon, I can barely keep up with blogging. And by the way, I think you’re totally rocking social change. 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    I am wondering if “birth baths” is really supposed to read “bird baths” Do you have something on your mind?!

    Or maybe it is my mistake and I know nothing about birds and/or how they birth.

  • It took me a while to “get” twitter. Actually, I’m still not sure I “get” it, but it’s random and fun and I like it! SO agree on your take on those annoying DMs!

  • Aimee says:

    Ha! I love the Cameron and A-rod statement! I love when I am feeling frowny I get over here and get smiley!
    I really hope I bump into you at Blogher so I can steal your jacket (oh right it won’t be winter), bump bellies (oh right neither of us will be pregnant), and discuss how impossible it is to live in NYC for years and have a Sarah Jessica siting 🙂 (now that is something we can do)

  • I could go on and on about my new crush on Twitter. It has been an amazing resource for making connections for our business.

    Since you posted this, I am now following you. I hope you didn’t get an automatic email response from us. Tell us if you did.

    Hoping you will follow us! We’re stompingg!


  • Oh, and on another note. I just saw an ad on your blog for a new Jennifer Weiner book – huge guilty pleasure of mine. I had no idea she had a new book! Maybe I’ll see if she tweets!

  • Bird launcher eh.

    Twitter scares me. I don’t understand it so I guess it’s a fear of the unknown. In fact I think the only tweet I ever did was “I do not understand Twitter”. But this talk about bird launchers makes me want to tweet about that, so maybe I will give it another shot.

  • anymommy says:

    God, you look fantastic (re: pics in previous posts). And totally socially conscious too. Way to be the change you want to see in the world!

    I’ll be thinking about your Dad and wishing him a speedy recovery, but after all the boxes are moved.

  • Denise says:

    Aww come on, your chance to make note of our twitter relationship and you dropped the ball! J/k, I adore twitter more than I thought I ever would. My biggest claim to fame (other than you) is jamie oliver, I let out a squeal when he followed me.

  • HA! I absolutely feel the same way but totally on the opposite end of the spectrum! My relationship with FaceBook is like yours with Twitter.

    I love me some Twitter though! I am so hooked on it – guess it’s what you start out using….tough to switch I suppose.

  • I have a very hard time committing to either Facebook OR Twitter. I like the idea, but tend to forget they’re there. I have a hard enough time keeping up with blog commenting… Or actual writing for that matter. Maybe if Zac Efron followed me…

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