During the spring of 2008 Angela Meiers was teaching one of the classes I was taking for my masters degree. She talked about blogs, Twitter, social bookmarking, RSS feeds and probably tons of other things. She is brilliant, and energetic, and passionate, and everything sounded very exciting. At this point in time, I didn't even have a personal Facebook account. I didn't really have any clue what a blog was, and I'd never even heard of Twitter. Although I still knew almost nothing, now I was beginning to at least realize how much I didn't know.
I had my first baby in the fall that year. In the spring I started to think that I needed to at least begin to explore more with technology. If for no other reason, I knew I would need to know something about technology in order to be a good parent down the road. That's when I started a Facebook account. I played tons of Farmville and Mafia Wars. I became Facebook friends with people I vaguely remembered from high school. I got my mom to create an account so we could play Scrabble. I was having fun.
The next year I started a Twitter account. I know this because Twitter will tell you when your account was created. I followed people and unfollowed people. Everything appeared to be complete gibberish to me.
RT@strangeusername @personineverheardof "short coherent phrase like: thank-you so much!" bit.ly ow.ly/slash/randomsequeceofnumbersandletters #bunchesofwordswithoutspaces #weirdacronyms
I quickly lost interest.
The next fall is when things started to get interesting, come back soon for Part 2!
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