with Mud Baron
What's your best tweet?
Optimist me: school gardens are engines of environmental empathy. Cynical: the man who invented the wheel ran over his dog.
What are six things you could never do without?
coffee. let's just get that right.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
If @cocoxochitl receives 500 nominations in #green, @groworganiks, @savvyplants and @BurpeeHG will donate $20k to school gardens.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
HootSuite. It's #it! Although I'm waiting for oneforty.com to show me a better option.
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter. Oscar Wilde would have been on twitter too, "Brevity is the soul of wit."
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
I try to ignore those but #lessambitiousmovies allowed me contribute "Continental Breakfast Club" 2 the universe.
What feature should Twitter add?
An in-house featured charity-of-the-day. Spotlight one cause and donate 5% of revenue 2 it each day. Crowdsource the cause. Yo, sponsors?
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
LAUSD Food Service Director. I'd IM that to my iPhone, Yo. So would @jamie_oliver. Gr8 question!
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
2 4 & - I had to swallow 5th grade grammar programming. Who needs vowels or really: "to's," "for's" and "ands."
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
@jamie_oliver He could be a #tidalwave if his tweets gave specific actionable to-do's. But I got my @chefjoseandres and he rocks!
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Forex traders. SEO tweeps with 14 followers. Strangers with colon cleansing solutions? U get the trend.
Why should we vote for you?
$22,250 in pledges 4 school gardens around the US, sound good? I use #socmedia 2 raise awareness & funds 4 kids getting #green. Thx 4 askin!
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
#USDAprovidesonedollarperyearperkidforschoolgardens "Not gonna happen," say?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Interesting 4 whom? @nicoledeb has translated the funding world 2me. Hopefully I make it easier 4 the donor community 2 support kid's gardens
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
These tech thumbs turn kids in2 green thumbs.
What inspires you to tweet?
David Brower, my 1st boss in CA, taught me that "if people saw the wilderness, they'd save it". Twitter is kinda' like my Ansel Adams.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes, normally by people following 15 people they work with, I'll live with that. My facebook peeps think I'm up 23 hours a day too...
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Follow. Follow. Follow. Find 10 users you respect/admire. They've curated a library of voices and you'd do well to listen.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I don't have too. Hootsuite. If I really like a post, like this #banksy, http://ow.ly/3Ir5Y, I'll schedule it months down the line. #hailmary
What question are we not asking here that we should?
How do we help kids eat vegetables? Don't let me start asking questions for you. I'll have @bkfarmyard kids plant a garden at the awardshow.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Change or die? It exists on levels. Savvy users know how2 "filter" out the dreck & get useful tweets. Better/Smarter filter list apps, right?
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@snailwrangler 4 awesome work 2 support school gardens. "Speaking truth to power with tomatoes, carrots aaand dahlias."
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Really? @borowitzreport. I shouldn't laugh but do: @pattonoswalt and @bpglobalPR always good for a cry/chortle.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
Folks get the mechanics confused with the content/thematics. Silly name sure, but the format can drive a powerful narrative, changemakers.
Why should people follow you?
#green. #garden. #education. #food. #funding #justice #LosAngeles and bougie' me has 2 include #bouquetoftheday
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@dcck has to be just about my fave #nonprofit. Follow them & @robbetegger. #Food, #jobs, #justice, #service, #schoolfood, #soul.
How do you decide what to tweet?
Venn diagram #green #garden #schoolgarden #education #food #funding #justice & #LosAngeles and what comes out is my twitfeed.
Why'd you start tweeting?
I was a reluctant convert. That went away... 13,000 followers ago. Now I'm connected to some of the most awesome peeps doing awesome work.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Dude, twitter help me BUILD GARDENS FOR CITY KIDS. From the "profane comes the sublime?" My net of green tweeps: priceless.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Act on the connections they make 4 positive change. Twitter (regardless of a silly name) can be: introduction > connection > synergy !!!
How will the world change in the next year?
Local & natl politicians have discovered the value of #schoolgardens as photo ops. Perhaps their spending priorities will correspond?
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
I dropped a character on a twitpic address of mine while cutting & pasting a RT in HootSuite. Sent tweeps 2 a girl's vanity stream. #doh!
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Gardens give all hope. Growers create abundance. It's a premise of our civilization, agriculture; & a lesson kids need in these scary times.