This week’s top story seems to be that Barbara Walters, Larry King, and most of the free world have joined TWITTER.

It’s amazing how quickly TWITTER, the social network, has become part of the world’s collective consciousness. The first time I heard about it was at the end of the Presidential campaign when Senator John McCain sent telegrams and used land lines to keep in touch with his staff, while Senator Barack Obama used cell phones and TWITTER to stay in touch with his…with the whole world following his every “Tweet”.

What impresses me most about the service is the message or “Tweet” is limited to 140 characters (about six lines), which forces the user to communicate more concisely. Although I had a problem with TWITTER initially, everything has been resolved. Even though I like the idea of communicating quickly, I haven’t become an active member because I’ve never been a “follower” and I don’t like the idea of being “followed” around by anyone.

As I was discussing my dilemma with my friend Art Munson at Over 50 Music, he suggested that I look into Face Book, which presented another problem. I’ve always seen Facebook as one of the places where you can delude yourself into thinking that you’re popular, but I found that it is one of the best places to make a reconnection.

Two months ago I decided I wanted to include a paragraph or two from people in my past to use in my forthcoming book “I Did It For A Song”, and through e-mails and Google I was able to locate 30 people. Exactly one month ago I joined Facebook and found 300 PEOPLE who I’ve since added as “friends”! Now with the recent addition of TWITTER to its pages I can follow everyone I know, everywhere they go, and read every message they send and/ or receive. DAMN, isn’t technology wonderful?

You have to excuse me, but it’s time to go on Facebook to check on all my pals. I wonder if Peter Greenberg’s back from Shanghai, mmm, Gary Stromberg says he saw a report on Fox news how bacon cures hangovers, Unsteady Freddy saw the Association perform, Bruce Garfield is up before the sun in London, Patti LaBelle is in the studio with Alicia Keys…..Looks like it’s gonna’ be a long night!

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne


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