I've been on Twitter for awhile. I've seen it grow and become more useful. It was useful this past winter during a local ice storm and it was useful in watching developments in Eastern Europe. Twitter has upped its game. They've created new user pages. This is mine.
Several years ago, the city of Newark, New Jersey got hit by a crippling snow storm. Residents got slammed and their immediate needs were great. That's when I started following Cory Booker, it's mayor who was out in the streets helping people and then tweeting about it.
He tweeted about his continual activity in the streets where he helped push out cars and in the neighborhoods where he delivered groceries to senior citizens and disposable diapers to new moms.
My son Justin and I both nodded that this mayor set a real example that deserve to be followed. We both said he might be a good presidential possibility considering his attitude for service. His selfless attitude really stuck with me.
His main tool for communicating where he was and what he was doing was Twitter. It wove everybody together.
This raises the question about Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing City Council and how they interacted with residents and how they helped.
Did any of them serve like Cory Booker? Did any of you see them in the neighborhoods? Should they have been out there in the field and visible to the people they work for? Do they know how to use Twitter? Do they understand what it is and its potential for weaving a community together?
My son and his wife are vacationing in Thailand right now and they faced the dilemma of deciding whether to take or leave their laptop and or iPads. Their professional worlds revolve around the web to the point where it is an extension of themselves.
This blog--Daily Grit--is almost nine years old and is a place where I have shared more than 2,500 posts about whatever was on my mind at that particular point. From its beginning, this blog has been on the TypePad.com platform which was an early pioneer for those looking for a place to blog.
The time has come to change to a platform that can help take my repository of my thoughts to a higher level. My son, Justin, is helping to change it to WordPress.org. However, if you go to DailyGrit.com, you find that it has an unfinished look. We are not done.
To get the latest, greatest in my life, go to westhorp.typepad.com and you will see the blog in its usual format.
Because of the blog's length, we ran into some challenges. We will work it out and then have a grand opening for the new look. Until then, again go to westhorp.typepad.com.