This morning a light bulb went off. At last! I had an event to Twitter about.
I packed up my trusty laptop and off I went to Living in Full Bloom: A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship. Not only that, I checked Twitter on my iPhone just in case wireless wasn’t working.
As the crowd of 500 or so settled down, I started up as discreetly as I could. Of course, how discreet can one be when yours is the only laptop at the event?
Following an invocation, Ruth McGinnis, an ovarian cancer survivor, pulled out her violin and together with her band, launched into a gorgeous melody — St. Anne’s Reel. I feebly tweeted again, but when she started to tell the story of her cancer, I just couldn’t do it any more. It felt disrespectful. I would be horrified if someone Twittered in a church service. And while there were photographers and a video crew, nonetheless this had more in common with church than a media event. She spoke from her heart of living with cancer, and the crowd responded, creating a patchwork of deeply touching stories.
So have I now resolved my Twitter dilemna? Does this mean I can now safely dispense with it? Alas, no. Life is messy. As I was getting ready to Twitter earlier in the day, I happened on a tweet by Barack Obama,: “Thanking Hillary. Our party & our country are stronger because of the work she has done.” I followed the link and it led me to a form where I too could (and did) thank Senator Clinton. This is Web 2.0 at its best.
And I’m still lost in Twitterland.