Remember when only birds that flew twittered?   Now some strange birds we wish would fly away twitter too.  Many hide behind keystrokes to “voice” their strange bird comments that are oddly reported on the news sometimes as if they matter.  A sign of the times and the social media progress (1) is the whole world of Twitter.

Radio and TV hosts constantly say, “I twittered this, I twittered that.”   Wow, did you?    Are you reminding us because nobody read your tweets?  We ARE impressed, really we are.  Tell us again your pearls of wisdom in 140 characters or less.

A reader from Alabama asked me about the symbol #.   In the world of Twitter, now, it’s called a hashtag.  It used to be called a number sign.  Some consider it a pound sign.

When you call anywhere to get information on anything, there is not a real person that answers. You usually get a recording on a phone call, and it says, “Enter all your personal information, really, we won’t share it unless our systems are compromised, followed by the pound sign.”

What is it really?  Is the mysterious # part of a larger conspiracy to eventually take over all the upper case symbols on the keyboard?    (Watch out %, your day of reckoning is coming soon.)   Here is  my opinion from the grassy knoll.

Maybe, it’s a tic-tac-toe board?

#. Speaking of X’s and O’s, XOXO used to mean “kisses and hugs”.  Just ask my daughters, I signed every card, Love, Dad, XOXO.   In this fancy abbreviated world of progress, we have forgotten the XOXO.  OMG.   Hashtag this!

Remember when we used to actually talk to each other?

Speaking of talk and speeches, yesterday a reader from California reminded me that, November 19, 2013, was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address  (2).  Now there’s a speech that still stands up today.  It is ranked on a list as one of the Top Ten Speeches of all time.

Ironically, none of those Top 10 speeches have been in the last 25 years.  Maybe because the “progress” of communication limits us to 140 characters or less sent via some other source than personal communication.


(1) In case you missed Wedwand comment on “Progress”  last month:

(2)  Attached is a link to an article on Time Newsfeed which includes the actual Gettysburg Address speech (only 272 words) and a link to the Top 10 ranked speeches of all time.

What is fascinating is this excerpt, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here….”

President Lincoln, we have NOT forgotten.