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Twitter in Mom English: Part Deux

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It was during last year’s visit when my Mom asked me, full of both innocence and curiosity, to explain Twitter to her- we had a good time after I seeded the request for an explanation out to my contacts, and did they ever respond. We captured that conversation in audio a year ago — see Twitter in Mom English.

This year was the follow-up…. a few months ago, thinking a bit of a nicer version of ShitMyDadSays, I decided to create a Twitter account for Mom, and then I would try and tweet some of the funny or insightful (or both) things she says during our weekly phone calls. You can follow here via @alycecookie.

So tonight, I sat her down to show her how it worked. I showed her the cookie icon I added, and the bio I made up for her:

I showed her some of the @replies people sent her way:

And then we picked a few for her to practice following and replying, making sure we tagged @djakes who spent a year making fun of my spaghetti mixup last year (where I used a jar of salsa instead of Prego for a dinner I made for Mom).

It was fun, and I again recorded our conversation: (10.7 Mb / 12:45)

Mom was a good sport about it, and enjoyed seeing a few messages to her, but it seemed a bit like sensory overload. She usually says, “Oh I never go on the web on my computer, just email” and does not fully grasp when i try to explain how her email (web-based) is on the web. So I figured it was good for a fun evening before we popped a video in the DVD player.

After the movie, as I sat down in my office to compose this blog post, she poked her head in to say, “So, has anyone responded to me yet on the Twitter?” I tried to explain that sometimes it takes a day, but gave it a peek. Sure enough, @jimgroom played it perfectly:

which pleased Mom no end (see her reply).

And it even gets better. She then asked, “You will have to show me how to get this on my computer. I just need to type a thing in the place at the top?”

I think the Twitterverse may have increased by one tonight.

For all the ways one might try to explain twitter via detailed descriptions or examples or metaphor reaching, sitting down and spelling it out for your parents may be the ultimate approach.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Love it, you may be the best ambassador to all this stuff online, bar none. But more than that, you doing this with my mom, helps me reconnect in heart and spirit with mine who is past. Like E.L. Doctorow said of Houdini in Ragtime: “He was the last of the great mother lovers.”

    That line has always stuck with me, cause for me, as a son and child, it frames my every move. And nothing is more sacred in this world in my mind than a son’s relationship to his mother—and you playing this out through your blog is simply magical to me—as are your posts about your dad.

    Rock on, Dog—and good on you @alycecookies for raising this pup to the showdog he has become 🙂

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