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Teaching an old dog to tweet

By Staff | Jan 24, 2011

I once was able to keep up.

I was one of the first people around who owned a VCR, a cell phone, computer, digital camera, laptop, had an email address, etc.

Some of it was because of my job, running a newspaper, and that entailed keeping up with technology.

Lately, though, I feel as though I have fallen behind.

Oh, I do have a cell phone, internet connection and a laptop computer.

But, I don’t have a ‘smart’ phone, TiVo, 60-inch flat-screen HDTV, Blu-Ray player, iPod, iPad, iPhone or an advanced satellite television system with 600 channels.

Of course, I finally did get rid of my Beta video player and my eight-track tapes, so maybe I am modernizing a little.

What I also don’t have is a Facebook page. Or a Twitter account.

I don’t use social media. I don’t tweet. Or twit. Or toot.

Well, at least I didn’t used to. Now, I have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Or, to be more accurate, the Faribault County Register does, and I get to use it. (‘Get to’ being a relative term; ‘have to’ would be more accurate).

I used to poke a little fun at folks who use Facebook and MySpace and such sites. Most of what I have seen on these networking sites is drivel, I said.

Who cares if you are at a party with your friends getting wasted? Who cares to see 20 pictures of your dog?

I have heard of people getting into some serious trouble with what they have posted on their Facebook page. If you have pictures there of yourself partying and being inebriated, or half dressed, or using an obscene gesture, some people might take offense.

And, some of those Facebook viewers might be your co-workers or boss – bringing.

Or, if you tweet some snide remarks about your co-workers or boss, I would think your job might be in jeopardy.

Of course, the response is always that only your ‘friends’ are able to see this material.

Uh-huh. Somehow, when it hits the digital universe, it can circle the globe in seconds – and could be seen by anyone.

I just never had much of a desire to get involved in the Facebook world. But, I can see some advantages to keeping in touch with far away relatives and friends.

Sort of like a daily electronic Christmas letter update, I guess.

One of my relatives tells me he has more than 1,000 friends on his Facebook page. Is that really possible? Does he even know 1,000 people?

But, I digress.

My main point is that the Register now has a Facebook page. And we are also tweeting. Or is it twittering?

Actually, we have had both of these accounts for some time, but we are now actually using them.

And, we like to think what we are doing with it is a bit more important than knowing whether your friend Fred is going to watch the Super Bowl, or whether your cousin Martha has dropped out of aerobics class.

Our plan is to tweet an item, and also put it on our Facebook fan page, at least once a day.

We are calling it the ‘Daily Buzz,’ just because we think it sounds cool.

The ‘Buzz’ might be an update on the scores from the night before, or it might be a reminder of an important meeting or event that evening.

Plus, we are doing some tweets and Facebook updates both about what is in the current week’s Register, and what is going to be in the next edition.

Plus, we might have a few surprises or two in store each week, created especially for our Facebook fans, followers and ‘friends.’

So, if you are already a Facebook user (and who isn’t?) then you can easily type in Faribault County Register on the Facebook site and find us.

Once you do, just click on the button that says you ‘like’ us, and you will start to get the ‘good stuff’ we send out.

For those who are not so savvy, you first go to www.facebook.com, and sign in for a free Facebook account.

After you have one, you can follow those easy steps above and become our fan and join in the fun.

It is the same for Twitter – just go to Twitter.com and sign up. Then, you too can get our ‘Daily Buzz’ updates.

This new way to communicate with you is so exciting that I am all a-twitter.