All posts by Laura Fitton
Isthmus. (December 2008)
There's a growing Isthmus between: journalism, columnists, bloggers, etc. on the left side…
Social networking, networks, business card exchange, etc. on the other side.
Twitter is an isthmus where the two are meeting, and we don't have social conventions for that yet. People feel a little awkward and confused at first..
helps people learn about each other
do things together
make each other laugh
make each other think
they can help each other when something goes wrong
they can work together to do more than they could alone
they can do all that as a part of their everyday lives rather than having to stop and go do it
ps. i love me (#awesome Valentine to/from an 8 YO boy)
My 8 YO had a school assignment to bring in a pillow case and write a love letter to himself. The instructions are to use the pillow case on valentine's day eve, have a flashlight next to their bed, and read it in the morning.Here's his letter:
I am proud that I am a mathematician, scientist, experimenter, and sports team player. Also I love my illustrations and text in my writing.
I am proud that I am a good big brother.
I am proud that I am a great builder.
I love that I am a nice person. I love that I sleep with the most stuffed animals.
I like that I have the most lego sets.
I like that I have very precise folds on paper airplanes.
I like that I know a lot of words.
I love that I love school.
ps. I love me
Glossary of Twitter terms from Twitter for Dummies
Highlights from today at Fenway
Press conference of @NHLFlyers and @NHLBruins alumni talking about the teams' histories
by the numbers…
Why I unfollowed YOU last night
Want to know why @pistachio no longer follows you? Me too! Nobody knows what happened. I just know that YOU were not “unfollowed,” there was a bug of some sort.
Before: 40k following and 45k followers.During: all over the map: many as 17,000 cut from follower AND following listsAfter: 24.7k following and 40k followers.
launch day: jitters & fun news
this email to my parents sums it up best.photo credit Damon Cortesi (c) 2009 http://bit.ly/mlsek
From: Laura Fitton <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM
Subject: launch day: jitters & fun news
To: Dave or Cyndi Fitton <firstname.lastname@example.org> all is on course – LOTS of blogs are going to cover our website launch today. i am really happy and surprisingly calm , sitting in my hotel room working. definitely a little keyed up, but not bad. my friend Anil Dash who has launched stuff before just gave me a little pep talk via IM – "it's the starting line not the finish line." i am doing the last few bits of work before heading over to the conference for the day. meanwhile in Boston the guys are kicking butt – fixing bugs, adding features, they've gotten an incredible amount of work done in the past few weeks. oneforty has an amazing team now. we're very lucky. great article in MassHighTech this morning that I did not know was going to be ONLY about us (i thought he was interviewing many companies that started in recessions) http://bit.ly/aNNTa and a great laugh — Pee Wee Herman was the surprise guest at the conference last night and i got the chance to give him a copy of Twitter for Dummies… (see pic attached) video http://twitvid.com/8B7EF it cuts off right as i give him the book but i'm amazed that someone caught it at all. it all happened very fast… here' how i described it to my editor at Wiley…
that's just how my life's been the last 2 years. these little moments just seem to happen. i was holding the book wondering how to give it away at that event. then he appears (surprise guest) and starts to struggle with how to tweet. it was like a hammer from the sky whacked me on the head. then the fact PeeWee mugged with the book and that my friend damon just happened to nail the photo of it. crazy. perfect storm.
Anyhow, love you guys! Talk to ya later.-LJ
Cory Doctorow on being a Career Activist
A note from Kevin Marks: I liked this bit in Cory(Doctorow)'s Makers book:
“If you want to survive this, you’ve got to love that. You’ve got to get off a plane, meet people, fall in love with them, treasure every moment, and know that moments are all you have. Then you get on a plane again and you love them forever. Otherwise, every new meeting is sour because you know how soon it will end. It’s like starting to say your summer-camp goodbyes before you’ve even unpacked your duffel-bag. You’ve got to embrace—or at least forget—that every gig will end in a day or two.”
i think the absolute central challenge in life is to learn to not be afraid of who you actually are.