Cool kid or news geek?
April 19, 2010 - Jim Smith
Look out, world, I'm becoming one of the "cool kids."
Thanks to Art Smith, The News and Sentinel Internet guru, the newspaper now has both a Twitter and Facebook presence on our website (I'll never get used to the Associated Press changing from its longstanding usage of Web site).
Off course that meant Art wanted someone who had no knowledge of Twitter (and that certainly was me) to follow his directions to get an Twitter deck account and post items to Twitter and connect Twitter to Facebook.
Miracle or miracles, once I used Safari instead of Firefox as my browser, I easily created the necessary accounts and moved a story from our webpage (I assume the AP will now designate webpage instead of the longstanding Web page) to Twitter and thus to Facebook.
Victory! All of which means the other newspaper editors in our company should be able to easily accomplish the task if I could.
So, while I was feeling proud of my Internet skills, I loaded the Twitterdeck account and a regular Twitter account on to my iPhone. Again, victory, but I don't really know what I'm supposed to do with a Twitter account and really have no reason to tweet ... heck, I hardly ever use my Facebook account other than to comment on other's posts.
So now I have a Facebook account, a Twitter account and can load things from the News and Sentinel webpage onto Twitter and Facebook through the Twitterdeck.
Does all that make me one of the "cool kids" or just a news geek?