Wednesday, December 24

Twittering: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas


My son knows a little bit about social media. And occasionally, he looks over my shoulder when I have time for Twitter.

"So what's Twitter really like?" he asked me yesterday.

I could have explained, as some suggest, how the tools are used for conversations and those conversations are dependent, in part, on who you follow or who follows you.

But given the spirit of the season, I simply surmised that "it's a lot like the night before Christmas."

"How so?"

"How so, indeed," I said. "Take the last two weeks for instance …"

***

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all 'cross the Web,
No Tweeter was blogging, not even Perez.
The postings were done, auto-scheduled with care,
each blogger hoping that St. Click would soon be there.

Ike Piggot and his Personal Brand were all snug in their beds,
Dreaming up analogies to help fill some heads;
And Geek Mommy in her 'kerchief, and Armano in his 'cap,'
had just settled down for a two-and-a-half hour nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Mack Collier sprang to his screen to see what was the matter.
Away to the feed, Lisa Hoffman flew like a flash,
Tore open her browser, and started looking at Mash.
The blog drama du jour was on PR embargoes
Spurred on by Arrington with new media in tow.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature man, and eight tiny urls, oh dear.
Spurred on by their social networks, so lively and quick,
I knew in an instant it would be BC's pick.

More rapid than viral, with widgets they came,
And they whistled, and shouted, and called each other by name;

"Now, Eggertson! now, Maltoni! now, Sledzik and Ryan!
On, Lewis! on Vargas! on, Kaufman and Gylon!
To the top of all searches! To the top of all lists!

Now Digg away! Digg away! Digg away all!"

Compared to all topics, those favorites did fly,
They bypassed all critics with an odd ROI,
So up on those memes, with conversations they flew,
Stumbling some posts, and delicious saves too.

And then, in a twinkling, though Chapel thought it a spoof,
Did Jeremiah say social media is recession proof?
Even I drew my mouse back, and was turning around,
When down the chimney came Brogan in a bound.

He was dressed all in leather, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were a mix between Web Betty and woot;
A bundle of Kmart toys he had flung on his back,
Made him look like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how Jacob!
His cheeks were like Megan, his nose like Chris Lynn!
And his droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a stogie held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a Jason Falls belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a Shel Israel elf,
(Basile laughed when he saw him, in spite of himself;)
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Let other brand builders know, they have nothing to dread;

So he spoke not a word, and went straight to his work,
Filled most of the stockings (except for some jerks),
And then, laying his finger aside of his nose,
Giving a nod, mentioned Izea, his host;

And he sprang off to backtype, or some other system,
And away they all flew like the Rowse of a thicket.

And then I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

***

"It's like that every week?"

"Yeah, pretty much."

Happy Holidays.

9 comments:

Pj Perez on 12/24/08, 10:13 AM said...

Wow. Just wow. Great amount of effort there, Rich. Happy Holidays! (And thank for the link!)

Jill Foster on 12/24/08, 10:56 AM said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing this Rich.

And to add to what you started, for kicks here's some holiday Twitter story fun a few of us drummed up:

http://cli.gs/juZyLh

Best to you and yours in 2009,
Jill F.

stubbornone on 12/24/08, 2:40 PM said...

That was great Rich and very creative. Kudo's to you and I hope that you have a great Christmas.


Mark Thompson from Neptune Rising

Jason Falls on 12/25/08, 12:55 AM said...

Now THAT, my friend, put a smile on my face and a shake in my belly. Well done. Happy Holidays.

Rich on 12/25/08, 2:59 PM said...

@PJ. Thanks man! Happy Holidays!

@Jill. Loved it! What a great collaboration.

@Mark. Thanks so much. I look forward to see what Veronica Mars fans are cooking up in 2009.

@Jason. I'm thrilled it did. No one should have to be sick on the holidays. I'm glad your feeling better.

Happy Holidays everyone.

All my best,
Rich

Ike on 12/27/08, 10:42 AM said...

Clement Moore linkbait, FTW!

Well played, sir...

Rich on 12/27/08, 11:21 AM said...

Ike,

FTW? Ha ha, then I must have overshot. ;)

A little brevity can lighten the load, which is why the holidays make for such a great season for resets. You might like to know though, the two lines with you served up provided much of the inspiration to make the rest work.

Happy Holidays!

Rich

Kami Huyse on 12/29/08, 11:57 AM said...

thin I think the best part of this narrative is the image of your son looking over YOUR shoulder at the computer rather than the other way around.

Very creative.

Rich on 12/30/08, 8:33 AM said...

Thanks Kami,

When he's using a computer in the office, I only need to turn my head to the left. ;) Good thing too. YouTube has been his place of choice, lately.

Best,
Rich

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