Monday, 29 June 2009


I joined Twitter. I hate being new at something.
I've realised this is a part of my character, I want to completely understand something, see how it works and investigate every part of it so that I know what I'm doing.
Those first moments though of having no clue what the hell I'm doing, I hate them. I get really frustrated by not knowing what the buttons do, or how to get to where I want to be.

Many moons ago, when I was practice manager of a dental surgery, we had a new computer system installed. I must have driven the guy half mad with my "how does that work?", "what does this do?", "how do I make it do this?", "where is the button for....?"
Anyway, the first day that we went active with the system we had one of the developers come to stay with us for the day to help with any issues we had.
Except he went home at lunch, he said there was no point in staying when I'd got it all sussed out.
I can't help it, I have to know how to do everything!
Well almost everything, I know I'll never be quite able to do any plastering.

I think everyone should be mentored on a new website, they should be shown around, just like the prefects at school should take care of the little new kids, you know when they show them where the classroom is and the toilet.
I mean, I can find my own toilet, thank goodness but still, I should like a little tour and have it all explained to me.
Oh, maybe I'll have to relent and read the instructions.
Or the FAQ.
I'm sure I'll be tweeting along with the rest of them before long...see, I've even got the lingo.


Arlenkern74 said...

i'm also twittering , but keep forgetting to go on , find it really exciting that i can see what Bill oddie is up too xxx

Flibbertigibbet said...

I can follow Bill Oddie?
Oh my god, I'm totally going there now to stalk him in a friendly way.

It suggested I follow presidents and Demi Moore. How little it has me sussed out... I'm obviously going to come follow you too now! :)
That really does sound like I'm crazed somehow.

Flibbertigibbet said...

Although I might possibly have to figure out how to follow you first, before I actually do it.
My geek brain is failing me.

Sleepydumpling said...

Follow me! @sleepydumpling

I promise you, I will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know.

(Signed, someone who has a whole new life thanks to Twitter)

Flibbertigibbet said...

I came and followed you.
I'm fireflybelle, but you might have sussed that part already. Am currently reading wiki on hashtags. Because I must know everything. lol

Sleepydumpling said...

OMG! That's you! I didn't put two and two together. Sorry 'bout that.

Flibbertigibbet said...

That's totally fine! I go by either lady marmalade, flibbertigibbet or fireflybelle! I'm indecisive :)
The firefly & bells tattoo is related to the fireflybelle name.

Carrie said...

Wiki? Hashtags? Twitter?

Flibbertigibbet said...

yes yes! come on, join me on twitter, follow me on twitter. something like that! :)

Sleepydumpling said...

Carrie - I teach "internet technologies" to librarians, allow me to give you some definitions.

wiki - a website that content is added by it's users. Like Wikipedia or Wiktionary.

Twitter - microblogging site. Mostly it's used for networking and sharing information/sites/pictures.

Hashtag - a search term in Twitter. If you want to make a word searchable in Twitter, you put a hash character before it. ie #librarians or #flibbertigibbet It's what the Twitter software uses to anchor a word as a search term.

Hope this helps!