GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012 - (Page 20)

Ah, tweet mystery of life Is 21st century communication a trick or a tweet? photo: ©iStockphoto.com/Arnout Wittebrood W Share this article with your friends. 20 GRAND hen I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1,800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos and pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and two great-grandkids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space. That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.... The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library.... The GPS looked pretty smart on my dashboard, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating....” It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead—well, it was not a good relationship. When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets, and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.... Get Twitter-savvy here: • Getting started with Twitter • Twitter do’s and don’ts • Twitter etiquette for businesses MARCH APRIL 2012 http://www.twitter.com/about http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/money/consumer/the-dos-and-donts-of-facebook-twitter-social-media-texting-and-more http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/mar2011/ca2011037_164304.htm

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

GRAND – Mar/Apr 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz: When in Doubt, Run!
Readers Write: Hair Balls and Shark Attacks . . .
Table of Contents
Grand Central
10 Things You Can Learn from Your Grandchildren
Blood & Money (book excerpt)
Grandparent Rights: Second Chance
Is a Prenup Right for You?
Ah, Tweet Mystery of Life
Memories of My Grandparents: Gram
Cover Story: Diane Ladd & Robert Charles Hunter
School Readiness: Wide-Eyed & Full of Wonder
Toys ’n Tech: Gadgets Galore!
Healthy Grandparents: Biopsy: Prostate Cancer
Healthy Grandkids: Smoothies
Bloom with Every Season

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

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