Hard to believe it, I have had a Twitter account since mid 2008.
For a long time it was just something I looked at from time to time, not understanding how anyone could cross-converse in such a hectic and vibrant community. It looked (and sometimes still does) like a bazillion monkeys chattering over the top of each other, all clambering for the highest point to ensure their voice is heard.
Yet it turns out to be the best way to ask questions that a MASSIVE amount of people can respond to and (mostly) give a good response. Here is one great example:
I asked on Twitter earlier this evening…
Looking at getting a decent mini DSLR (compact yet sensible). Canon G?? ? Samsung Galaxy S camera? Suggestions…
— Stephen Mitchell (@eztephen) April 30, 2014
With only one response, I chose to follow the link.
Considering many of my friends are complete arseholes, that was a big risk. Wait, wait, what I mean is they are Australian’s who like to use any opportunity to make fun of each other, which all of us, including the recipient, laugh till it is someone else’s turn. So when an Australian calls you an arsehole or a bastard, more often he is saying either “Aha, you got me!” or “Damn, you take the best holidays!”
— Ric Hayman (@aqualung) April 30, 2014
Turns out this is a great sugggestion for a second camera. So I tried to follow with a less than 140 character reply. Considering all of the amazing features, I had to find just one or two that warranted a twitter response. So, Ric, @aqualung, this is what I have to say about the Fuji X-T1:
@eztephen Thanks aqualung! The Fujifilm X-T1 appears to be an awesome camera. With built-in Wi-Fi and a dedicated button to send imgs to your phone, it’s a winner. But at approx $1500, out of my range.
Read the full review of the Fujifilm XT1. I got what I wanted from Twitter. Which really is amazing.
Six years ago when I purchased my first smartphone … wait, let’s go back a step.
In 2007 I was shown the Apple Touch by a salesman at Photographic Wholesalers (Hutt Street, Adelaide CBD). I found it so impressive that I purchased one within a month. It served me well until about 2011. By then the OS was so old that almost none of the internal apps opened successfully. The only thing it was good for was playing music.
But I really wanted a smartphone. My wife watched phones enter the market, sit at exorbitant prices on the shelves, then slowly dissappear into semi-obscurity. Some met our needs and wants, but very few were offered on contracts we could afford.
In December 2012 I watched an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A pen for drawing, a large screen, and looked easy to use.
Apart from the pen being near pointless (twisted irony!), I like this phone!
My point to this post?
Six years ago when I sat on a train with my Apple, I was one of about 10 people on 3 carriages with an Apple.
These days 8 out of 10 have a smartphone of some description. Most are listening to music. Some, like me, are writing and posting their first article for the day.
The world has changed.
I said this on Facebook earlier today. Now I realise that a wider audience needs to read it:
Advice to Athletes:
Forget about social media, you have a bigger job to do this week.
Advice to social media addicts who feel the need to judge olympians:
Get off the computer. Go outside. Get some exercise. Grow up. Get a life.
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