with Elizabeth Bushey
What's your best tweet?
When I accidentally hit the SEND button too soon, I call it "premature sendulation."
What are six things you could never do without?
My two daughters, my dog Tucker, food, water and air. (That isn't what you meant, though, is it? Not fallin' for it. Sorry. LOL)
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
Twitter is about PEOPLE, so it's been a boon to me professionally by opening up a vast world of experts from whom I can learn.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
On my computer? Seesmic. On my iPhone? Twitter.
Twitter or Facebook?
Oh, please. Who could choose? Everyone has both.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Bieber. Go ahead. Say it five times fast. It's just funny to repeat to yourself. Bieber. Bieber. Bieber. I'm sorry, what did you say?
What feature should Twitter add?
LOL: It would suit me if Twitter were just like Seesmic.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Actually, it's a challenge to see how many words & phrases I CAN shorten and still keep legible.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Wil Wheaton. He blocked me when I first got on Twitter over a misunderstanding; I never got to apologize for hurting his feelings.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
I will unfollow if someone is very rude, nasty, or hateful.
Why should we vote for you?
I hope you WANT to, rather than feel you SHOULD: I'm a real person, personable, and friendly. And funny. Don't forget funny.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
#literacy #adultliteracy #autism #Aspergers #peace #humanrights #books #musicinschools #artinschools #cultureforkids #children #homeless
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
One of my very best friends, @MaraBG. She's Freaking AMAZING. So is her husband, Stewart.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#uselessacts <-- Self-defeating things people do, you know? Self-sabotage? Like women faking orgasm. WHY? Don't they want one? EVER?
How do you make your tweets unique?
I try to be myself. Everyone is unique; therefore, their tweets will be, as long as they stay true to that. (And avoid Googling quotes.)
What inspires you to tweet?
I adore people. I truly do. And the residents of Twitter City are rare and special people.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not called out, exactly: but a pal of mine doesn't follow because I tweet more than he cares for. We're all good, though.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Follow judiciously; polite matters here too; be yourself; avoid fools, spammers and that ilk... > treat it like LIFE.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I can quit anytime. Yeah. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Anytime. Sure. Yeah. Whatever.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Where would you like us to send your million-dollar check? (I kid... I kid...)
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
That's a tough one. Still getting used to the new interface. It still bugs me I have to change my GORGEOUS background.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
I don't think I have enough characters here to list all those whom I admire on Twitter.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@sensible. Get him to ask you questions on formspring.me - you'll laugh out loud. (That one was easy.)
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
Like most things in life: people take it too seriously. Be polite, of course; don't be a fool there - but it's not life or death.
Why should people follow you?
Honestly? #1) I generally follow back. #2) I'm funny. #3) I DO engage. #4) I'm the same person on Twitter I am IRL.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
At the risk of sounding smarmy? EVERY Twitter account I follow (I try to carefully vet my account) is one-of-a-kind.
How do you decide what to tweet?
1) Conversations 2) Helpful links I've found 3) Funny responses to self-important tweets 4) Shit that flies into my head.
Why'd you start tweeting?
An old friend called me up and said: "You HAVE to try this!" I'm that easy. Really. You know: "Taste this." "Okay."
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
I've met extraordinary people, learned amazing things, gotten better at what I do, and become better at the art of brevity.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Use their consortial strength to promote causes like literacy, autism, funding for inner-city schools, etc.
How will the world change in the next year?
After my coronation as World Empress, you mean? Dunno. Have to make it up as I go.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Tweeting as "bleating" and not engaging other users. No matter how famous you think you are, Twitter isn't AIM. Engage.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
With any luck? As changed as it's been from 10 years ago. I'm enjoying this ride.