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Sunday, August 16, 2021

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There’s no getting around it: I’ve drunk the Twitter Kool-Aid. Why else would I have installed on this blog not one, but two WordPress plugins specifically for Twitter-interfacing purposes? And this is someone who doesn’t mess with plugins: Up until recently, I’ve only had one other non-spam-filtering plugin installed, and that covers the entire time I’ve had this domain up and running.

Anyway, CommenTwitter is today’s new add-on, and its presence is apparent in the comment-box section of each blog post (and the comment pop-up boxes, should you prefer those). Hopefully it’s a simple concept: Fill out the comment fields as normal, then click on that link next to the Twitter icon to fill in your Twitter handle and password, so that when you hit that “Say It!” button to submit, your comment will appear on this blog and also in your Twitterstream. Two birds with one stone, sorta (hey, the bird motif fits with Twitter, anyway…)

CommenTwitter appealed to me because it’s one more way to spread blog linkage via tweets. This method spreads that linkage beyond my own Twitter account, to that of my engaged readers. A short-URL link accompanies this comment-tweeting, so hopefully that drives a few more eyeballs back thisaway, to read beyond the first 140 characters of feedback if nothing else. I’ll be curious to see how much it’s used. Extending the conversation is a constant aim in this bloggin’ biz…

CommenTwitter is the overt way to plant permalinks from this blog into the Twitterverse. The under-the-hood way is via WordTwit, the other dedicated plugin. I’ve been using that one for months, pretty much when I first jumped aboard the tweet-train. It’s an auto-generating push-to-Twitter tool that shoots out a tweet every time I publish a new post, with the title and permalink included. I can’t say it’s generated a ton of traffic back to the blog mothership, but it’s passive enough that it’s worth maintaining.

No one’s more bemused by this Twitter devotion than me. After years of spurning the other social network hangouts, for some reason the little bird-brained site snared me aboard. Of course, if it runs its course in similar fashion as the other community-based online fads, I can always deactivate the plugins and go back to lone-blog-in-the-wilderness thing…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/16/2009 10:51:23 PM
Category: Bloggin', Social Media Online
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The venerable Pan American World Airways, once a corporate fixture, is long departed, leaving behind memories, a distinctive logo, and that old “We Love To Fly, And It Shows” slogan.

I bet if they had adopted a hipper call to action, like “Scram On The Next Pan Am!”, the airline would still be in business today (class-action lawsuits and terrorist hijackings aside).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/16/2009 11:27:30 AM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business, History, Wordsmithing
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We’re all familiar with the concept of mutual appreciation, especially in the form of a feel-good society.

I wonder how a “mutual depreciation” society would work. One-on-one judgmental reproaches? Or just a silent acknowledgment of one another’s steady decline…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/16/2009 11:09:28 AM
Category: Wordsmithing
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