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Twitters is the new IRC

Back when I was young and the Internet was shiny to me I spent a lot of time on IRC chatrooms.

IRC is short for Internet Chat Relay. You connected to a network or “Net” via a client (program) and chatted in real-time and then you would join a channel (chatroom). It gets complicated from here with channel creators being operatives and having special powers and creating bots so no one could steal your channel away and all manner of crazy that would take me a whole post to explain.

I logged into Twitter this morning musing about hashtags and using Twitter to socialize and I realized Twitter is similar to IRC in some ways, it is the new IRC.

Ways Twitter is the same as IRC

1) People are using it for real time chat to connect with like minded people interested in the same thing.

There were chatrooms on IRC dedicated to any topic and if you couldn’t find a topic you connected with you could start your own. Friends of mine (from Sweden) started a pagan chatroom after discovering several of us were pagan from another channel and it brought others in and we expanded.

2) hashtags

When you joined a channel you used #pagan or #vampire.

On Twitter you label your posts with #amwriting or #mywana and you set up feeds to search for those hashtags. Fairly similar.

3) Clients

You can connect to Twitter on the website, but you don’t gain a lot of functionality. To really use Twitter, you need a client like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite.

4) World-wide connection

With Twitter you can find someone on the other side of the world who believes the same things you do.

I grew up in a town of 400 people. There were 16 graduates in my high school class. My parents were the first in town to get divorced in the history of the town. Really. I had to connect with people outside my town. I was at that time a pagan, I wanted to write, I wanted to connect with people who had BIG IDEAS. IRC and the internet were my dream come true.

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Just for the record

I was a total addict for all those Facebook games, mostly the ones from Zynga with a *Ville in the name. (I mention this because I made fun of it in Complications Over Coffee– it`s in the first chapter, which you can read for free on Smashwords).

My daughter also isn`t allowed her own account so she plays on mine.

I stopped just before Complications Over Coffee came out because they are getting ridiculous. Every building requires you to request several different items- ON YOUR WALL. Thus spamming your friends who have live and do go on Facebook for socializing. I cleared out my app requests on the weekend. I have 90 today! Farmville is the worst.

I will have a free short story out soon! It would be today but it`s on the laptop and the baby fell asleep on me. And then I`m working on editing a second story, so that will also be out soon. And then I will be writing the next Up in Flames by April for sure. I have the skeleton worked out.

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Find more information at …

Y’know at the end of E-published free books they have a short bio and other works by the author.

Mine used to say: contact the author at … Other books are … with links.

I’m changing this, at least in subsequent books, starting with Colours of the Rain, to the following:

Email the author about her shitty writing, grammer and spelling: at asraidevin@shaw.ca

Bad writing in 140 characters on Twitter. http://www.twitter.com/asrai

Writing badly about my life blog at http://comingalive.wordpress.com

Discover other titles bad writing by Asrai Devin at Smashwords.com

I may go and change this in Second chance Romance and Summer Fling. So far, no takers on the complaining. I worry because I don`t get any hate mail.  Not even when I say porn is awesome or when I spell becuase and forget to spell check.

I really should write but I`m holding a sweet baby! SEE!Who can write at a time like this!

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Personal Vs Professional

I’m on Twitter. Actually I was on Twitter right after its start when no one knew how to use and thus stopped using it until I released Second Chance Romance.

By then Twitter was popular and tons of people were using it for self-promotion. Bloggers and writers and marketers, well everyone, was saying: You need to be on Twitter.

Mostly I retweet interesting articles. Something someone on my friend list linked to. Or something in my blog feed.

What I haven’t figured out is if it’s okay to write personal anecdotes. Is twitting about my pregnancy connecting with people or alienating them? Do they care? Do they want to read about it?

Some people I follow write mundane things. Some people I follow only post things relating to their “expertise”.

I’m not sure who I should be on Twitter. After spending some time writing this I’m not sure I even care.

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In the name of fun

I came across from Help a Reporter Out a query for an article about parents who post TMI on their facebook statuses about their kids. And thus across, STFU, Parents a website dedicated to making fun of parents who post too much info on their kids.

Some of them were humorous- potty training exploits and the like. Some of them are reasonable status comments- like moms who love taking pictures of their cute new baby or talking about lack of napping with other mom friends.

Seeing as how this is what being a parent equates to and Facebook status updates are the minutiae of your life.

And all the comments allude to the posters/submitters being better than the parents who are posting on Facebook. Judging people.

Don’t you dare say anything about how offensive it is to make fun of your friends, because the website is ALL IN GOOD FUN.

Shenningans. Going behind your friends back and making fun of them is NOT FUN. That’s passive aggressive at best. Making judgements of people (which I”m guilty of doing all the fucking time) is not fun.

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the insidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
~Tyron Edwards

When We Judge Others… (article) by S. J. Reisner on AuthorsDen (22 July 2009)

Judging is about making yourself feel better and someone else feel bad.  In this case, parents who post about their kids latest potty-training exploit should feel their lives are sad and pathetic, because the reporters don’t want to read/see that shit (literally).

Too bad. When you friend a parent on facebook (many of the submitters to the site claim “I don’t know why this person is on my friends list, I barely knew her … ” or something close to) this may be what you get. And if I friend other people I’m going to get all sorts of weird things- like right now a guy I knew in high school is posting at least twice a day that he’s bored. I don’t really care, but that’s his status so … on we go.

I try not to post things on my Facebook that other people won’t want to read. I try to make my life a little more witty than it really is.  I’m hyper aware of privacy issues stemming from Facebook- I try not to even post pictures of friends’ children unless I know they have done so themselves.

I have more thoughts on judgment to be posted later. Including, how I judge people.

The moral of the story is you will be judged on your Facebook or Twitter status. It doesn’t get much more shallow than that.

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I’ve been thinking this morning (I know thinking. In the morning?! On a day off work) about how much to put on-line about myself.

There are things about myself that I would like to express somewhere, but for many reasons I fear there could be reprecussions.

I know people who put everything out there. And I know people who hide themselves like they are in a witness protection program. Most people are in between.

Facebook is the worst culprit when it comes to privacy invasion, I think. But you can change your settings so only your friends can see. But, then you have to carefully keep track of your friends. But it’s easy to say too much anywhere and be found out and get into a lot of trouble.

I want to be one of those people who is like “to hell with what anyone else thinks” but I’m not. I like my job.  I don’t want my mother to be able to find out my secrets. Had that happen once when I was a neophyte Livejournal user. Oh so long ago.

So, how much personal infromation do you put out on your blog, twitter or facebook?

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Second Chance Romance, read my erotic short stories.

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