I‘ll admit it. I came to Twitter reluctantly, skeptically even. It can certainly feel a little navel-gazing narcissistic the way it’s sometimes practiced. “It’s only 9:30 in the morning and I’m already craving chocolate cake.” And the world needs to know this because?
But Twitter can also be a way to share ideas, links to stories and blog posts and even visuals. Like the amusing billboard above that I photographed and posted on Twitpic, Twitter’s visual sibling, along with the caption “I’m not a big fan of Miracle Whip, but I love their attitudinal advertising!”
Funny thing is, I’ve come to really enjoy Twitter and tweeting [a tweet is what you post on Twitter, and it can be no longer than 140 characters]. From finding articles about food, wine and health I think are worth sharing—well, and having a number of friends find things for me too—to figuring out how to squeeze a compelling teaser that will make others want to read the article into the sometimes frustratingly restrictive 140 characters. Here are ten random tweets, in their original form. See how you think I’m doing.
- LA Times: Want kids to eat healthier? Get them in the kitchen and cooking. http://bit.ly/O7ALy
- Embracing stereotypes: Cops save a failing doughnut shop in Clare, Michigan. A charming story, actually. http://bit.ly/t6x99
- NY Times: Is it hot in here or is it just what we’re eating? Sweden experiments with carbon footprint labeling on food http://bit.ly/3K5IHd
- Chicago Reader: When sausages are outlawed, only outlaws will make sausages. Underground charcuterie in Chicago. http://bit.ly/7xDiZU
- 24 Hours, 24 Million Meals. Watch cool documentary online about what it takes to feed NYC every day. http://bit.ly/xWwTg
- ScienceDaily: Eating fish for health? How it’s cooked affects the heart-health benefits of its omega-3 fatty acids http://bit.ly/5IhC4o
- Slicing up a peach for a mid-morning snack, I suddenly remembered this wonderful poem by William Carlos Williams. http://bit.ly/yDlkV
- NY Times article: Farmers fighting global warming, one sweetened cow burp at a time http://tinyurl.com/p28xw9
- New York magazine: 9 NYC restaurants give McDonald’s Egg McMuffin a delicious McUpgrade—you’ll want them all http://bit.ly/3Py2Hz
- If your pizzeria is named Piece, what do you call your take out place next door? This, of course. http://twitpic.com/q8k1l
So how’d I do? Did you click through on anything—or at least almost click through? Follow me on Twitter. You’ll find stuff like this almost every day. And honestly, if you don’t feel like signing up for a Twitter account, just occasionally click on the “Follow me on Twitter” bird graphic up near the top of the right sidebar. You’ll be able to read my latest tweets without signing up. I promise to keep the navel gazing to a minimum.