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    Wednesday
    Dec312008

    Getting My Tech Together, part 1

    Denise Olson at Family Matters has pushed me over the edge into Twitter which moved me to "get my tech together" starting at the goal-setting site, 43 Things. In fact, I am soooo inspired that I sent out this email to my family and friends this morning, and thought I would just post it here for my blogging pals, in case anyone needs another nudge.

    Hello friends,

    It's the end of 2008 and as I am thinking about hanging up a new calendar I just wanted to share with you my recent tech finds, in case you have an urge to try something new this year.

    www.43things.com
    has been around for a while, but I haven't really used it much. It is a website where you can list goals, and see how many other people have the same ones. Kinda fun. Very easy. and as we all know, making goals is the first step toward getting there.

    www.twitter.com
    is a social networking site (like facebook, but easier). I'd heard about for a while, but after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the month I decided to give it a try. I also read a good piece about using Twitter to keep in touch with family in the event of a disaster. It is a website where members communicate in "tweets", very short text messages. You can "follow" other people's twitters (tweets?) to see what they are up to. So, if I am going out to lunch and post "going to lunch" anyone who follows my twitters will know this. Who cares? Well, it is fun to know what folks are doing, and if there is an emergency it is a very fast way to say "we are ok". This is a good little clip about what else it can do. Also, you only have to follow people you want to, and you get to allow people access or not to your own twittering. Oh, you can also do this via cell phone, which makes it really useful.

    youtube intro to twitter

    Denise Olson's article about using twitter in emergencies

    Denise Olson's great intro to twitter from FamilyMatters blog

    Let me know if you try any of these out. Can you tell that one of my top goals for 2009 is to be better prepared for an emergency?

    xo, Denise

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