with Waylon Lewis
What's your best tweet?
Hard 2 say, I send 30 a day. The best ones pass along useful info—or provide spark of levity or wisdom in our ADHD workaday lives.
What are six things you could never do without?
Water? Food? Bicycle? Laptop? Cafes? Mom? Love.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
It doesn't get my site as many readers as our FB Page(s). But it's the best at building key connections, community, sharing breakg news.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
I use Tweetdeck. Love it, tho could make a few suggestions as a relatively longtime, active user. DM me, Tweetdeckers!
Twitter or Facebook?
Beatles or Elvis? Both. 4 v. diff reasons. Twit = scrappier, grassroots, instant, evolvg. FB gr8 4 readership numbers...+ my social life.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
A pal, @Micah, started #ff / #followfriday. Wasn't funny, but = useful 4 long time. Also turning profile pics green 4 Iran=cool.
What feature should Twitter add?
I wish twitter.com were more like tweetdeck—columns, searches...more like a custom dashboard. It's gettg there.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
I would luv 2 read > tweets from homeless—window in2 their lives, minds. But 4 obvi reason, few tweet.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia. But that would mean he'd have to get a cell phone +/or a laptop.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
I've unfollowd a few friends who were a little self-involvd: just tweetg re where they were, 3 word replies 2 god knows who or what.
Why should we vote for you?
#elej thrives on social media. We're learning along w evry1 else. We're consistent, hungry, collaborative, fun yet fundamentally serious.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
#elej #climatechange #biketowork #organic #madeinusa #bipartisan #trungpa #jonstewart #humane #local #freetibet #meditation
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Comcast? Trouble w/bill, I complaind+askd folwrs 2 RT, made so much noise they clued in, helped out. Did same 4 my mortgage, saving home.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
We use #elej 4 #mindful content generally—green, yoga, meditation, adventure, arts.
How do you make your tweets unique?
I write em myself. Don't pass em off 2 interns or writers. I keep it real, fun, vital, practical, accessible to myself/others. Wordplay.
What inspires you to tweet?
Good news. Bad news. New ideas. Timeless quotes. My community of virtual compatriots. My many columnists' many articles e/day. Silly videos.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Used to. We're pretty well est'd now, popular. More + more twitter users use tweetdeck or somesuch, makg twitstreams less overwhelmg.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Tweet daily. Use tweetdeck / other interface, not so much twitter.com. RT. Tweet links 2 articles, vids u connect with. Follow intg peeps.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Hypothetically, forever. No problem. I don't need to be connected personally. Professionally, however, it's essential...maybe 3 hours, max!
What question are we not asking here that we should?
We won #green last year...when it wasn't an official category. The award's exposure nvrthIss helped save my biz in trans from print > web.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Technically, it will cont 2Bcome > interactive, sensory + immediate. Politically, itll cont 2B vital as in Egypt, Iran, Tunisia.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@BoingBoing @Treehugger @DerekMarkham @bogusky. Generally, those who tweet thmslvs r best.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@Zendirtzendust. Irreverent, witty, vicious / fair-minded—which makes his impact all the more cutting.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it's nerdy/geeky/techy/boring. It's incredibly visceral, accessible, immediate + simple—it's communication.
Why should people follow you?
Bc we're personal v corporate, genuine/edgy v safe, + supportive of others' tweets. Guerrilla social media is where indie media thrives.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@DeepakChopra, @Alyssa_Milano tweet thmslvs—+ frequently. @DerekMarkham = 1 of 1st, best green twits. @ZenDirtZenDust = funny, edgy Buddhism.
How do you decide what to tweet?
I look for what I'm personally interested in that might also be personally interesting / inspiring to others.
Why'd you start tweeting?
I signed up approx 2 yrs ago. Aft 1st few mos, my 20yrold web intern said, "Get serious re this. Will b huge 4 #elej, u'll luv it."
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Helpd save my biz (+ house) as we transtnd from print2web. Gr8 outlet 4 our content. I luv writg; it's fun. Gr8 new connects.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
I luv Twit's cooperative spirit. Tho we get lotsa RTs (MNN, big green site, named us #2 nat'l green media 4 active followrs), > RTs=merrier.
How will the world change in the next year?
It will contnu2get faster, smaller, > connectd, polluted, warm—all of which will galvanize, facilitate, re-energize community.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Cheesy marketing bullshiite. Only tweetg re ur business. Autoreplies that read like autoreplies. Not usg it consistently. Nvr RTg.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
> wonderful, dangerous, smaller, speedy, + far > trashed than 2day. Environmentally-speaking, things r going2get worse b4 they get btr.