2009 was a tough year for a lot of us, one we are happy to bid farewell. 2009 for me was also full of a rebirth of deeper connections and a return to being a ‘good friend’ as opposed to an absent workaholic friend. I finished the first draft of a novel (edit process is underway) , visited family and friends in LA, Peru, Chicago, Conneticut and Canada, and started to think about all the interesting people I know and how lucky it makes me.
2009 was also the year that Twitter exploded past the digital geek realm into mainstream pop culture as every celebrity now saw it as a way to self-promote their brand. Some did it well like The King of Twitter, Ashton @aplusk Kutcher who landed on the cover of tech mags, while others like P. Diddy annoyed us or Mariah Carey didn’t realize that a tweet is meant to be a self-contained stand alone message of 140 characters. If you post like it’s a continued blog (hello Margaret Cho I’m talking to you), it is a shot in the dark that your users are going to see or care to read the entire thing.
A few months ago, I decided to express in more than 140 characters why I follow people on Twitter by asking them 5 questions about their careers and interests. Here’s a look back and a big thank you to all of them for being so gracious and answering my questions:
Bad Ass Betty Lin aka @blinblin100 who will always beat you & me at Darts!
Brian Tuft aka @brianistuft a twentysomething fashionista
Adam B aka @adamsworldblog music journo & hip hop specialist
Courtney Smith aka @courtneysmith — no she’s not James Bond but she is music indie specialist
Team Zandl aka @Zandlgroup who keep us all abreast of trends
Doro aka @ruffian a cool-as-anything-sweetheart who heads up digital at a label
Mara Altman aka @MaraAltman author, controversial writer & hummus expert
Jeffrey Kroitsch aka @jrjeffrey Fabulist!
Shoshi aka @Shoshi a modern courtisane who makes life luscious
and finally B-bop aka @basemwasef writer, photographer & motoring enthusiast.
Thank you to all of you wonderful people who have enriched my life. Happy New Year! xx Grrlgenius