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What are you doing with your phones?!

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During the Bearden Bulldogs versus Farragut Admirals high school football game, Cathy and I were busy tapping messages into our phones as quickly as our frozen fingers would allow. I was Twittering the game. My father-in-law, a true die hard football fan, did not understand how we could be looking away from the game to play with our phones, "what are you doing with your phones?!" Cathy explains, "Doug is putting game highlights on Internet for people to read. See (shows her phone to her father), the Knoxville News-Sentinel editor is encouraging Doug." He doesn’t believe her. Something significant happens on the field, he suggests, "Tell your ‘editor guy’ about that play."

So how does one explain this fascinating world of instant communication and self-publishing to people who have not experienced it or perhaps to those who have not even become comfortable with computers yet? Some people feel that if you are over 25 years old, you cannot understand things like Twitter. Jon Swanson suggests 8 ways to explain 2.0 friends to 0.0 parents. My favorites are:

2. You know how you like to shout at the television? With 2.0, @newmediajim can hear you.

4. Remember how you used to walk down the street and say hi to people along the street? That’s what i do when I turn on my computer.

[Source, Levite Chronicles, 8 ways to explain 2.0 friends to 0.0 parents]

Web 2.0 tools have such undiscovered potential. The Red Cross is using Twitter to help reunite families during disasters and to forewarn of impending doom and the request resources for help. Presidential candidates are using Twitter for publicity and to have closer contact with the voters. People blog for different reasons; I have published why I blog. This list could go on for pages. The possibilities are endless. The changes that will come in the next 5-10 years will blow people away! Of course, faster broadband in the United States is crucial.

Update: Random Mumblings talks about breaking news. See also Group Twittering instructions for events. Music City Bloggers talks about Instant Communication Changing the Rules. Michael Silence warns of Big Brother watching during Liveblogging of sports events. Read Ryan Sholin regarding Notes on breaking news. Les Jones chimes in.

3 thoughts on “What are you doing with your phones?!

  1. thanks for linking, Doug. Reading your story gives me a very familiar picture. Being well over 25, I still get twitter, and have the interesting feeling of trying to explain it to both parents AND children.

    I hope your father-in-law believes you eventually. What you are doing does matter.

    Jon

  2. Hello Jon! I am really enjoying your “8 ways” posts. Keep up the great work!

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