Monthly Archives: February 2009

To Twitter Or Not To Twitter

A little over 9 months ago I started using Twitter.  Although it had been around for a minute, I was into other things, and didn’t really see the relevance of posting every minute detail of my life with yet another online social networking tool.  Call me short-sighted.

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When I joined  Twitter, however, I noted that there were already a few people that I knew, who were active ‘tweeters,’ which gave me more of an incentive to stay tuned-in.  Interestingly, James Andrews, the one person who I feel understands branding more than any person I’ve met to date, was an active tweeter/twitter-er(?) (pardon my ignorance of the actual term to describe people who tweet).

Over the course of the next few months, my use of Twitter has increased (albeit incrementally), and I’ve come to appreciate the cult of Twitter.  My complete and unadulterated adoption of Twitter occurred recently, when I downloaded the Twitterific application onto my iPhone a few days ago, and began Twittering(?) on the go.  (I also downloaded the Twitterific widget onto my laptop.)

I’ve got to admit, being free of my laptop, but still being able to Twitter from anywhere is quite cool.  The iPhone app puts all my posts, as well as the posts of all the folks I’m following (29 to date) in a simple to use interface, accessible with a click.  Twitter’s features, like twitpic, allow me to customize my posts, and I’ve been going hog wild ever since copping the app.

Today, for example, I Twittered (?) my morning commute, compete with pictures of my stops along the way.  It was really a personal case study of the utility the Twitterific app in action, and I was pretty stoked with the results.  The only thing I didn’t like is the fact that I don’t get automatic confirmations that my posts have posted (I don’t like having to check my feed in order to see the post).  A simple ‘message sent’ would be great.

Another great thing is the Twitter Facebook app that allows me to update my Facebook status via Twitter.  I always found it annoying that these apps both had some status update feature, since the activity of Twittering(?) is like a constant status update, and it seemed redundant to post another (or different) stauts in Facebook.

Anyway, if you’re interested in my daily musings, feel free to follow me on Twitter.

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Cito On The Beat

A very good friend of mine introduced me to this incredible young man, who goes by the professional moniker, Cito On The Beat.  This dude is a real prodigy.  The son of a musician, he plays the piano, trumpet, guitar, drums, you name it.  

He is also a prolific producer, equally at home on a Korg keyboard as he is with an MPC.  He shared with me a video for a song he produced, and well, I’ll let you be the judge…

Oh BTW, that’s Cito in the video (the big one).  He produced and directed the video himself.  He’s got a bunch of YouTube videos on his channel, where he demonstrates his beat making.  I’m telling you, this kid is incredible.  

I imagine that this is what Pharrell, Timabland, Mark Ronson, et al were doing in their youth.  I’m not certain that they were this prodigious, though.

Anyway, I’m taking this kid under my wing because he’s humble and he’s hungry.  So if you see me at the Grammies on day, sitting next to Cito as he stands to receive the Producer of the Year Award, remember this article.

Cito on the Beat!

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