My Big Twitter Win

So I’m fairly new to Twitter (@BrianWawryk).  I’ve maybe been using it consistently for about three months.  It’s like anything else though, the more you use it, the more you learn and become comfortable with it.  I began looking into it more when I started this blog with the thought that it would be a good avenue to do some promotion of Today’s Tangent.  Lately I’ve expanded my use from just tweeting about my new posts to replying to other people’s tweets.

If you’re new to Twitter or haven’t used it yet, let me share with you the basics about how it works and how to use it.

First, go to to sign up.  Choose a username and a password.  The first thing you should do is to find people you know to follow or search for those that tweet about interests you have.  For me, I follow a lot of professional golfers.. exciting, I know, but this is where my twitter win comes from… stay tuned. Read more of this post


It’s National UnFriend Day (Nov 17)

Jimmy Kemmel (@jimmykimmel on Twitter) declared in his Wednesday show that today, November 17th, is National UnFriend Day [NUD].  A new holiday he hopes will inspire Facebook users to unfriend the social networking contacts that aren’t really their friends.

He explains on his show that there are people on Facebook that have 500, 600, … 1000 friends.  It’s impossible to have 1000 friends.  No one has time for 1000 friends.  Check out the video of this segment of the show.

Have you ever unfriended a contact before?  I had to once.  This person posted the most confusing, uninteresting, garbage in her status updates that I just couldn’t take wading through it any more.  So, I unfriended her.  I felt bad, wondering if she would notice, but it had to be done.

With this declared “holiday,” you can unfriend at will, without any remorse or excuse for ridding yourself of any social networking contact that you don’t believe constitutes a real friendship.

As for me, I don’t think I’ll be removing anyone from my friend list.  And I don’t know if it’s coincidence or if I’ve been the victim of NUD but last time I checked I had 207 friends.  Today, 206.  It’s virtually impossible to figure out who may have dropped off my list but if this deletion did occur today, then there’s nothing I can do but blame it on NUD.  (Hopefully it wasn’t something I said.)

Happy unfriending.

Lost in the Social Media Lingo?

Have you ever been part of a discussion about social media with people who are throwing terms around that you’ve never heard of and have no idea what they mean? Or have you ever read an article where the context of the newest social media terms don’t give any clue as to what it entails?

The following is a list of some of the most used social media terms and what they mean. Study up, do your own research on these terms then feel confident in participating in those discussions and reading those cutting edge compositions. Social media is here to stay. You may as well know what everyone’s talking about.


An archive may refer to topics from an online discussion that has been closed but saved for later reference. On blogs, archives are collections of earlier items usually organized by week or month. You may still be able to comment on archived items.

Avatars are graphical images representing people. They are what you are in virtual worlds. You can build a visual character with the body, clothes, behaviours, gender and name of your choice. This may or may not be an authentic representation of yourself.

Blogs are websites with dated items of content in reverse chronological order, self-published by bloggers. Items – sometimes called posts – may have keyword tags associated with them, are usually available as feeds, and often allow commenting. Blogs can offer readers the opportunity to comment on, and link to items. Because blog items can be made available from the site in a stream of content – known as an RSS feed – you can subscribe to them and read them through a newsreader or aggregator. That means you don’t have to visit a blog site to read it – you can pull the content to your desktop or a single website aggregator. Blogs are easy to set up, and update. Their disadvantage is that items can get buried under the growing heap of new content unless the author provides some signposting.

Blogosphere is the term used to describe the totality of blogs on the Internet, and the conversations taking place within that sphere.

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Why Twitter is Depressing Me

As I’m sure you are aware, Twitter is another social networking tool which allows you to share quick messages (no longer than 140 characters) which are called “tweets” with those who “follow” you.  You can follow anyone you choose (unlike Facebook which requires the friend to accept your friend request).  However each user can change their publicity settings which are set to viewable by the public by default.  For more on twitter, go to

Some people use twitter to keep in touch with their friends by “following” each other.  Others use it more as a “news” ticker by following popular news, entertainment or sports tweets.  With more than 100 million users on twitter, the choices of who to follow are endless.

Some of the most popular users on twitter (based on number of followers) are sports celebrities.  For example, Shaquille O’Neal [basketball] has over 3 million followers, Lance Armstrong [cycling] (2.6 million) and Ian Poulter [golf] (1 million).

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Netiquette. It Doesn’t Apply to Me, Right?

It was just a comment.  A short little quip in response to someone’s post on their blog or facebook, or a reply to a tweet.  So what?  Right?  Well, it could have detrimental effects.  And it may not even be an immediate effect.  It may come up months or even years later to bite you.

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