It was a sweaty June afternoon in the middle of 2008. I just about felt unwound from my fifth year of teaching.
I was making plans to revamp my class website. I had been on this Facebook thing that everyone kept talking about for a few months. And I had my very first smartphone—a Blackberry Curve. I felt all technological and connected. It felt pretty good. Pret-ty goood.
It Begins and Promptly Fizzles
I heard some chatter about Twitter on the BlackBerry forum I posted on. I sort of knew what it was. Micro blogging is what Twitter called it back then. I imagined very tiny people typing on very tiny computers. It seemed interesting. So I bit and signed up
It was fun at first. I read tweets, posted dumb jokes, and generally just wasted time.
I spent hours one day searching for people I knew. The only person I found was a guy named Jack. Jack Squat. Twitter in 2008 wasn’t what it is now. This was way before just about everyone and their house plants had a Twitter account.
I don’t think I got a single reply from anything I posted that month. I barely got a response from anyone I tried to chat with. Disillusionment promptly set in, and I all but abandoned Twitter.
Then, about a year later, everything changed.Read More