I wrote this back near the end of May for a column I write for called “Techpass” that is part of the “Connections” mag published by the Western Ontario District of the PAOC. Anytime now (and I think it already is) the July issue (published quarterly) of “Connections” will be out and about with this article in it. Even after only two months there are some things that I think are a bit “dated” in this but I republishing it here on my blog so readers of that article can comment, respond if they want! Actually, anyone can comment/respond now if they want..well you know what I mean. Oh, one more thing – I have posted about twitter here already, if you want, check it out.
Have you heard of twitter? No, Im not talking about the word to describe the language birds use to communicate with each other. Twitter is an online app that was launched in 2006 described as a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers) (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/twitter). Twitter has made it possible to make these short posts (and receive follower updates) using email, sms (texting), via the web, or even various other services (i.e. facebook etc.).
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If you’ve used Twitter for any length of time you’ve probably noticed the phenomenom called “Follow Friday” where people tweet about people they think are worth following and actively search out new people to follow themselves. If anything, “Follow Friday” shows us how something can gain traction when it’s simple and consistent. Probably not too many people heard about it when it first started but because the few that did kept doing it and used a common hashtag – it quickly gained a following (pardon the pun) in the twitter realm.
I’m writing this post because of my love for WordPress and especially all the developers out there who contribute code to both the opensource project and the thousands of plugins and themes that make it such a great tool for all of us. There has been discussion over the years of ways in which we can express appreciation to the developers who freely offer up their code to the world to use (and all the hours put into developing, maintaining, and supporting that code) but as a plugin developer myself (only one at that), although I’ve appreciated gratitude sent my way and reviews posted on people’s blogs nothing has stoked me more than seeing that little notification from PayPal that someone has donated a sum of money to me. The dollar amount doesn’t really matter – it’s more the realization that someone thinks what I’ve invested so much time in worthwhile enough to pay for.
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Back in early June, my church put together an appreciation dinner for all the volunteers. As part of the evening I participated with our worship pastor, Janette, in putting on a special presentation. Someone there recorded it and posted it on youtube. What do you think? I cringed watching it…(at least we had fun!)
Well today is Canada Day and even though I think I’m a pseudo-American (my birthday is on July 4th) I was born here and am really grateful for my roots in this country. Here’s some reasons why I’m glad I’m a Canadian.
Freedom. Even though there are some trends that are a bit unsettling I still have the freedom to write what I want on this blog and publicly profess my faith.
Security. Relatively speaking – I feel pretty safe here.
Free Health Care. It has its faults of course and still needs some work (it’s also kind of not free because our taxes pay for it) but I can go to the hospital or my doctor and not worry about how much it’s going to cost me. That’s nice.
Hockey. Our hockey teams/players rule. ‘nough said.
Travel Perks. It’s kind of cool that wherever I go in the world people are really receptive to the fact I’m a Canadian. Just being a resident of Canada gives you a sort of “special recognition” (probaby due to the friendly role Canada plays on the foreign relations scene).
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