All This Twitter Account Does Is Tweet Art, And That’s Pretty Neat

There’s a name and even a face.

There are over 13,000 followers.

And all this Twitter account seems to do is tweet and retweet art pictures from other Twitter accounts.

Here’s one:

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by Patrick William Adam, R.S.A, from Edinburgh, Scotland (1852-1929)

 

It’s particularly nice because some of these artists can’t very well tweet it themselves.

But you know what’s grand about this? Erin Harris, who first brought this account to my attention, put it thusly: “It’s like making my Twitter profile into Pinterest without having to go to Pinterest. I can look at my feed when I need to see some beauty.”

It’s true for the rest of us, too. If you follow this account, you will see beauty in your newsfeed–and new discoveries.

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Childe Hassam, Apple Trees in Bloom, Old Lyme, 1904

 

Are Cellphones Really That Evil?

The Hero of Our Time Isn’t Glued to His or Her Cellphone, states this LinkedIn post.

The author, a self-described social and high tech addict, acknowledges the beauty of being mobile:

“Mobile technology – that is, technology that gives us mobility – is liberating; empowering; enabling; galvanizing and gives us all power to connect not just in ways that are new but from everywhere and anywhere.”

While bringing up this point:

“Take that picture; tweet that thought; share that video and then, as you teeter on the brink of the rabbit hole, put the device in your back pocket or your bag. Turn off the phone and enjoy the moment.”

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This is exactly what kids look like when they’re on their phones.

Sure; maybe. Just about everything seems to come down to balance and moderation. But at least one problem I see is someone else suggesting his own method of usage for all. It doesn’t work that way.

And then you look at the comments.

I picked the first one as representative (click the post & scroll down to read it in full):

“What many people seem to be afraid of is the moments they want to make special will be gone forever so they attempt to save them by capturing them in a video or picture. What they don’t realize is that those moments have already been ‘saved’ in their mind, even things they aren’t consciously aware of.

“Those moments have been saved with all the sights, sounds, feelings, tastes, and smells that accompanied the experience and can be revivified consciously or even unconsciously through things like a smell, a taste, or a song that triggers the memory in a much more experiential way than any video or image. And, it’s only in THEIR minds it has been saved that way.

When people share a video or image with others all of that is lost.”

“So, what most people don’t realize is the dissociation others have to what they’ve shared…[those friends] may laugh, smile, cry, or feel some other emotion for an instant and then move on with what they are actually experiencing in their own world.”

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More kids experiencing things the wrong way in a dictatorial environment!

 

Sure; maybe. There’s always going to be a loss of something when you’re sharing something outside of your own head.

But why do writers write, then? Why do people draw or record songs?

Why do we read, watch, or listen?

Because that’s what we do. That’s the human social animal. We express and we take in.

This comment—by someone who is himself a published author—seems to miss an important nuance.

Every time we share something, it’s always outside of ourselves.

The medium and the devices shouldn’t matter.

The moment we give of ourselves in any way, we’re sharing an experience with others outside that experience. We’re sharing outside of ourselves.

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Don’t be fooled: They just texted you this picture.

The thing is, you really can have both.

Social is fun and yes, rabbit-hole alluring. It’s an escape, a direct line to your friends, a tendrilly line to strangers, an instant recorder, an auxiliary brain.

It’s all these things and at least one thing more:

Communication.

From where I’m sitting, the world could stand to more of that going on. Yes, even if you have to wade through things you personally don’t care for. Even that’s no different offline.

And cellphones make it so easy to get into this uber-world, perhaps reach out and share with someone you can’t reach out and share with as much as you want in “real life,” perhaps positively affect someone you’ll never meet, and get a little more information out there that people need.

So cellphones, evil? Social media, diabolical? No more than anything else we use to share and express.

Let people use the methods of communication they’re most comfortable with. I don’t think there’s much demand for carrier pigeons any more, anyway.

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Well, I could be wrong about that.

 

How to Increase Your Twitter Followers

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“If you want to have friends, be a friend.”

You’ve heard this before, but it’s still true, online and off: You have to give to get back.

Engagement is a huge part of a successful Twitter experience, but how do you even get started? In Twitter Followers: 10 Ways To Grow Your Following, Bridget Willard stresses that retweeting is just a small part of cultivating your Twitter community, much as it generates goodwill.

Engagement also involves having real conversations, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to join a good Twitter chat on a topic you know or are interested in. Even in 140 characters, you can exchange great thoughts.

But if you’re not ready to step into that often frenetic stream of tweets and thoughts, check out her list for more excellent tips. And happy tweeting!

(Cute Twitter birds here.)