with Mike Johansson
What's your best tweet?
Like my grandmother said: "Life - it sure beats the alternative!"
What are six things you could never do without?
Water, food, shelter, love, the Internet and Twitter
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
To listen - to find great content to share
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitalyzer - I use it personally and professionally. They've also made lots of great improvements recently.
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter! Real-time - real-intelligence - real useful
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Balloon Boy - I didn't believe it from the outset and was surprised how many people seemed to believe it
What feature should Twitter add?
A sentiment barometer to show whether each user is more positive or more negative in their tweets!
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
The real President Obama
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
"Social Media" - the whole SM thing just looks weird to me
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Not sure. I don't think me being on Twitter is about me
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes. A rabidly conservative type who sent the same nonsense out over and over
Why should we vote for you?
It would be ironic if a 6'5" guy won a Shorty Award! (and besides I do rememeber what my mother told me: I play nice in this sandbox!)
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Shorty! ... and anything around doing something for the better good
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
To Ford's @scottmonty - great guy on Twitter, even better in person
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
JFDI - stands for Just EffinDo It (in other words stop talking, stop complaining, get going!)
How do you make your tweets unique?
I keep them real - if it's not something I believe or something I think is truly great content I don't send it out
What inspires you to tweet?
Connecting with others, learning from others and, in a sense, paying it forward by sharing great stuff
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes - mostly when I'm thanking a lot of folks. Switched to some of that on DMs
140 characters of advice for a new user?
1. Listen and learn. 2. Listen and connect. 3. Listen and help. 4. Repeat first three steps.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Maybe a day
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@davidspinks and @flipbooks: The first for really smart insights and the second for a stream of really interesting stuff
Why'd you start tweeting?
To learn ... and boy has it paid off!
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes, it's connected me to expertise that I would never have gotten first hand and I've met some fabulous, interesting and really smart people
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Work for the public good - help causes
How will the world change in 2010?
Facebook starts a long decline; Twitter keeps ascending and even politicians join in on Twitter chats/debates
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Constantly talking about yourself; trash talking someone else; not thanking others; forgetting what your mother told you ...
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Smarter! Things such as Twitter have the power to increase our collective knowledge of the world, its people and new ideas