Goodbye 2009…

2009 was a great year but I’m looking forward to 2010.

2009 Travel Recap:

  • 121 Days on the Road
  • 4 countries (only one new…need to work on that in 2010)
  • Finally found the perfect bag for my 3 day road life

2009 Tech Recap:

  • Made the switch to an iphone but I HATE ATT as all I do is drop calls
  • After a long dismissive break in period fell in love with Twitter
  • Sold a lot of Kindles on flights across the US. There is nothing better than having the NYT and WSJ at the ready for the 6a flight out of BTV

2009 Alec Recap:

  • Braeburn St. and S. Burlington finally feels like home after 7 years on Willard St. in Burlington
  • Made it to the gym for regular beatings by Virgina most weeks despite the hectic travel schedule. (You know your life has changed when you pass on grabbing a beer with the crew so you can get a decent workout in)
  • Milton and life on the lake have become the place to relax with family and friends

Facebook vs Twitter vs My WordPress Blog

I’ve been trying to sort out my thoughts on three good tools of our digital era: Facebook, Twitter, and my wordpress blog. Lately I’ve been using all three in rather passive ways. I don’t have time in my life for all three. So, today I’m saying goodbye to contributing to Facebook. I’m sick of the drivel that seems to be the majority of what flows out of Facebook. I’m in awe of its unique user growth and that it has gotten the majority of my family to participate on a single platform. I do love seeing my far flung crews photos and all these acquaintances of old that it has reconnected me to. But it lacks authenticity. I keep having these horrible four word interactions with people. Being the third person to pile on to a comment train to blurb some inane comment has to stop. So, I just posted my last facebook comment at 9:56 EST on the picture of my friends Kristen and Patrick’s new house. I’m done.

Which brings me to Twitter. It took me a long time to warm up to Twitter. It took real effort and TweetDeck for me to be at least open to using it. My Twits are mostly airport posts from JFK > BTV and are ghastly. I’ll improve I promise. Though I’m getting comfortable with using it and I knew I turned the corner when if I have 10 minutes in the airport security line I’m firing up TweetDeck on my iPhone for a quick read. Of great posts from GuyKawasaki, mashable, SteveCase, fredwilson, mattcutts, tferriss, Jason, and dannysullivan. They add insight, value, and humor to my day. Even the posts from coworkers and friends are better on Twitter because people seem to know they are posting to a wider audience on Twitter vs. the closed circle on Facebook. So, I’m a convert. Twitter ads real value to my day and is now part of my routine. Plus, I like the open eco system with its constant rapid innovation. Its breathtaking from protesters in Iran to community built anti spam tools.

Back to old and boring…my WordPress blog. I miss it. I like the longer format. and the public square nature that requires some thought and proof reading. The ability for strangers I’ve never met in Hong Kong to disagree and enter the debate. That debate and interaction is critical to how I want to spend my time. I’m sure Facebook will suck me in as the voyeurism in hard to escape but I’m going to chose to spend my time engaged here on my Blog for long form ramblings, music updates, etc. and Twitter for the short form update.

So enter the conversation as I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments…

Twitter

Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to use and understand Twitter. I must admit it has been a bit of a struggle until I found TweetDeck which has really made twitter much more useful and organized. I’m still not sure about updates to my phone but I do like the short sparse nature of Twitter. Plus it has been interesting to see who is following my mind numbing posts. All I can say is it is growing on me. It will be interesting to see how they turn Twitter into a revenue generating business.