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Twitter Tried to Kill Me and Clean Out the Fridge Salads

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I occasionally ask some question about dinner around about 4:30 or so.

As my workday is wrapping up, I start thinking about our evening meal. I don’t have the option  of starting dinner at 2:30 in the afternoon (that apparently some of my Facebook friends do)… If it’s not in the crock pot at 7:30am, dinner won’t be started until about 6.

Yesterday I tweeted: Okay Twitter, what’s for dinner tonight?

I was fishing for ideas for that evening’s meal (I often fail at advanced meal planning and continuously try to do better). It’s about that point that Twitter tried to kill me!

Four people tweeted me back. Three people answered with some sort of seafood.

I’m allergic to seafood.

But seriously, the people who responded to me are way together and prepared. Why can’t I be like that?

I’ll try harder.

I already know what’s for dinner tonight at least!

Clean Out the Fridge: Salads

A salad. But not the one I’m talking about.

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Three Years of Twitter

Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, I received this tweet:

It’s my twitter birthday today… who knew? I’ve been on Twitter for three years, when you think about it, three years isn’t very long. The first public tweet was sent a little over six and a half years ago.

No one can claim that Twitter is new anymore. My use of Twitter has mostly grown and changed over the last three years, including a handle change and all of the format changes. I remember in the weeks that I first started using it (on my BlackBerry no less!) I made sure the read every tweet in my timeline. It’d probably have blown my mind to know that now I scan the timeline and gain just as much, if not more, information.

Without that TwBirthday tweet, today would have gone unnoticed which is totally okay. But it’s cool to think about the beginning of things compared to how they are now.

Would you celebrate the anniversary of joining Twitter, Facebook or another social site?

 

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Meal Ideas

We have some dinners at our place planned with friends so I turned to Twitter asking about the Go-To meals they make when people are coming over. I got some great responses that made me hungry… I thought I’d share the idea gold with you!

  1. Lasagna. This is a great idea, I’m not a fan of lasagna in general, but I’ve run across some recipes (on Pinterest of course) I think I might like. Brad loves it and it’s a nice cold weather food.
  2. Burgers on the BBQ. These are a K-fam favorite that we often asked for prior to becoming the owners of Monster Grill. If weather checks out, it’s top of the list along with the beloved cheesy potatoes. (Recommended with a big salad)
  3. Roast. Easy to prepare in the Crock Pot, no one minds leftovers either. (Also recommended with a big salad)
  4. Salad, pizza and wings. This was recommended by a local pizza place (that has good food at 2am… I may or may not know for a fact). It’s a great idea for food that accompanies game night or airing a sporting event on the big screen. Bonus: I wouldn’t have to cook!
  5. Chicken in a red wine sauce with red mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. My mouth watered at that recommendation and that’s all I have to add.
  6. Anything in the slow cooker. I love my crock pot, I also love being able to do a little prep and have a wonderful meal with little work. Very helpful for company because you don’t get locked in the kitchen making it.

What about you? What are you go-to meals for company?

Or for an average day?

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Think Before You Speak (Tweet, Post, Etc.)

Those of us who work with social media and use it for ourselves face the challenge of keeping our accounts straight. For me this challenge isn’t very hard because I’m very conscientious of my social media usage. I also try to not come across as an idiot on my personal accounts too.

My bosses, my clients and my grandmother can find me very easily online and the last thing I want to do is look unprofessional or immature to any of them. Also, I’d very much like to add value to the internet with what I do.

During last night’s debate, the KitchenAid Twitter account featured a very unprofessional, rude and grammatically unsound, tweet that promoted a lot of bad things being said about people who do what I do (that would be operate social media accounts on behalf of companies). There’s already been a significant amount of age-ist commentary about having 20-somethings run a company’s social media efforts.

This article, with the headline: KitchenAid Tweet Shows, Yet Again, Why Social Needs Mature Talent made me cringe. Someone who typically acts as the voice for a brand screwed up and made the rest of us look bad… again.

This is the bottom line as far as I’m concerned: Think before you speak.

Pausing before sending a tweet is enough to help you realize that you’re logged into the wrong account or that you’re about to let your emotions, strong opinions or whatever else take over and make you look like a fool.

I may not always act professional on my own social accounts, but I strive to act like a mature human being. Something that KitchenAid should look for in a replacement community manager for their Twitter account.

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Find a Friend

I’m participating in the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week. This is my first year (clearly) participating and I’m pretty excited to take part in this online community event. Anyway, onto today’s topic:

Find A Friend

I didn’t really know anyone with Type 1 diabetes when I was first diagnosed so I turned to my trusty friend Twitter a few weeks out of the hospital and searched for “diabetes.”

The first two Twitter users who popped up were Kerri at Six Until Me and Allison who writes for Diabetes Mine. From following these two and reading their posts, I found a whole slew of people who comprise this thing called the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).

I feel like there are far too many diabetes bloggers that I’ve come to read regularly (and occasionally comment on) so I’ll just share with you a few of the first connections I made after Kerri and Allison.

  • Cherise, the founder of DSMA and a fellow pod person, answered all sorts of questions for me when I was looking into an insulin pump
  • Stacy, the Girl with the Portable Pancreas, was also a great question answerer and the amazing retweeter of all blog diabetes-related and overall awesome
  • Kim, of Texting My Pancreas and the brains behind The You Can Do This Project, gave me my first digital high five for a perfect 100 blood sugar reading

I wouldn’t know any of these ladies without the aid of the internet. Not a single one of them is in Ohio. Luckily, the internet lead me to another NEO T1 blogger: Lisa of Lisa From Scratch. Lisa and I have yet to meet in person (but we totally should), but it’s comforting to know there’s another diagnosed as an adult, type one lady living it up in Cleveland.

One of my favorite pastimes is clicking through the d-blog links. It helps us know we aren’t alone.

Stay tuned tomorrow for one good thing.

How did you get here?

Where did you come from?

I’m actually not being philosophical, I’m being slightly shallow. Chances are you dropped by this blog by way of Facebook? Which means you’re more likely to comment on its content on my Facebook.

Maybe you found me through Twitter or you’re on the cutting edge and found a post on Google Plus or maybe you just “Stumbled Upon” this blog… I’m frequently entertained by the traffic drivers to my site, specifically when it comes to search terms.

Here are some of my favorite search terms:

Getting pregnant saved my life

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Twitter as customer service

The customer has it figured out, but companies are neglecting it!

Twitter is like word-of-mouth advertising (one of the fastest growing areas of communication) but the kicker here is that companies can and should respond (to good and bad) tweets about them. And they aren’t.

Honestly, we vent on Twitter when we have a bad experience and it’s a golden and free opportunity to make things right for a customer. And the customer wants them to respond!

Based on this study by Maritz Research, only 1/3 of the people they surveyed who had tweeted a complaint received a response. 86% of those who didn’t receive a response wanted one.

As a customer, I would rather tweet at you than call customer service and get put on hold.

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Analysis of my social media practices

I obsess over use social media…. a lot of social media. It interests me.

We visited with a friend who made fun of Twitter, FourSquare and Google+ all in one sitting. Afterward, I decided to dissect my motives for the social media that I use.

  • Facebook: Facebook is still the king of social networks, it’s been around since high school and I use it to connect with friends and relatives with the occasional brand liking or general creeping that most users participate in. Read the rest of this entry

Where I get my news

When I was in high school I was completely obsessed with immersed in current events because I competed on the speech team in International Extemp. Now, unfortunately, I’m not as immersed.

I do occasionally check news online, however I believe that I am now one of those people. Meaning that I seem to get a lot of my news on social media, primarily on Twitter.

I know that I’m not the only one. News is changing and people are becoming more involved in generating news coverage. For example, we recently felt an earthquake in Northeast Ohio (which is an extremely uncommon occurrence). Twitter is where information on the earthquake broke. We were talking about it long before the reporters were.

Does that mean I only read information about the earthquake on Twitter?

No. Once the news broke I started searching news sources for information and details… but it took a fair amount of time before I could get real reports.

The way I see it, Twitter (and other social platforms) are news-related tools.

Where do you get your news?

Put the social in social media

I’ve been writing a social media plan this week and one thing that I really try not to lose in writing these plans are the people.

I have no idea who will be executing this plan, who will be impacted by it and even who gets to approve it. What I do know is that they are all people. And people want to be treated as such.

Throwing information at people on social media will not cut it. One thing that you learn in many relationship-oriented communication classes is that people value interactions most when they get to talk about themselves. So how does this work for social media? Read the rest of this entry