Friday, December 30, 2011

Don't Steal My Thunder

At twitter, RETWEETS are very important. When done correctly by using the "Retweet" link which appears when you hover your mouse over a tweet, the retweet is carried out as Twitter intended it.  Retweeting in this way results in the tweet being displayed to the retweeter's followers in its EXACT configuration; the original author's (twitter member who posted the tweet) avatar/picture is displayed in the retweeter's timeline, the tweet is not cut off, and the "reply" link, which also appears when you hover your mouse over the tweet, replies directly to the person who originally posted the tweet.  Conversely, when a retweet is done via copying and pasting the tweet's content onto the retweeter's timeline, akin to the "old style retweet" what results is NOT AT ALL BENEFICIAL to the original poster of the tweet.

"Copy & Paste/old style" retweeting results in the tweet displaying the retweeter's avatar/picture, not the original poster's picture or avatar; which makes it appear, at first glance, that the content was created by the retweeter, instead of its rightful originator.  The inclusion of the "RT @poster's id" notice, regardless of whether it is added at the beginning or the end of the copy & pasted retweet, doesn't reverse the effect of the content being initially linked to the retweeter's avatar in the reader's mind.  Making matters worse, the copy & paste/old style retweet method often results in the content of the original posting being shortened irretrievably by the act of the retweeter having to add the "RT @poster's id", hence, ruining the original tweets value in that it is shared incomplete. Additionally, when an admirer of the copy & pasted retweet clicks on the "reply" link, the reply goes to the retweeter and not to the original poster.

This is all a classic case of "Stealing Someone's Thunder"; innocent, unknowing, and inadvertent, as it may be.  Instead of the desired effect of exposing, introducing, and benefiting the tweet's originator as is aptly accomplished by clicking on the Twitter  provided "Retweet" link, the copy & paste method of retweeting takes all the benefits of the retweet away.  The tweets originator's picture/avatar is NOT displayed.  How many times have you gained interest in a twitter account because the avatar/picture attracted your attention? I know for me the avatar/picture always benefits me, somewhat, both, to help me remember the particular tweep, and to get some idea about the person.  Another detraction caused by the copy & paste retweet is that the resulting, often abbreviated, tweet loses its meaning, thus, its purpose and value.  Lastly, clicking on the provided "reply" link of the copy & paste retweet bypasses the author and inserts the retweeter in his place, robbing the original poster of the tweet the credit and the ability to make contact with the replies sender, which, in turn, could have established a new connection.

If this blog appears heavy-handed of me, I hope you'll understand the importance of the injustice that I am attempting to remedy here; not just for me, for all.  Additionally, please note that I tried to handle this with a softer touch by posting the following tweets repeatedly to no avail:

The best & most correct way to retweet is by simply hovering over the tweet with your mouse and clicking on the “Retweet” link that appears. ~ KPR

When you retweet by copying and pasting the tweet, even including the RT @(author), replies come to YOU not the author & this is not ideal. ~ KPR

The idea of retweeting is to share BOTH the tweet AND the author with your followers so that they may follow him if they like his tweets. ~ KPR

The greatest consternation of all this is not that tweeps little known to me use the non-beneficial copy & paste retweet method to retweet me, but that people dear to me, whose twitter accounts I support wholehearted, admire, and enjoy, are unwittingly committing this mistaken slight and injustice.

I hope for a correction to the problem but given my repeated failed attempts, I will simply state my final solution: I will block anyone who insists on "Stealing My Thunder" by not retweeting me in the correct way, namely, by using the "Retweet" link provided by Twitter for that purpose.  Copy & Paste/old style retweets are not the way to go, and I would recommend to anyone who values his/her efforts to contribute to twitter via original tweets or great quotes not to allow yourself to be slighted this way, unintentionally or not.      

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Heartfelt and Beautiful

Eric Clapton’s, “Layla” is a true rock music classic. This song is about Beatle George Harrison's wife, Pattie. Clapton was seeing Pattie Harrison and deeply in love with her when he wrote “Layla”. Pattie and George’s marriage was on the rocks but she has been quoted as saying that she was trying to hold on to her marriage; that was not to be. She and Clapton began living together in 1974 and married in 1979. Clapton and Harrison remained good friends.

The song “Layla” was based on a book, Layla and Majnun, by a 12th-century Persian poet called Nizami, about a man in love with a woman he cannot have because her parents object. Clapton's situation with Pattie was different but he liked the title and the theme of unattainable love. 
The song is very heartfelt beautiful.
Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band) came up with the famous guitar riff for “Layla” and played lead with Clapton. An edited version was released as a single in 1971. it ran 2:43 and flopped on the charts. The full, 7:10 version was released a year later and became one of the most famous songs in Rock history. Enjoy this wonderful classic, my friends.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Blogging Style

It is my way to not over write.  I like to keep my blogs brief and to the point.  I don’t have the time to read long blogs and if on twitter we must keep our thoughts to 140 characters, surely we can take a lesson from that and be considerate of our readers’ precious time with brevity.  As our times become conversely more complicated in our attempt to simplify (think about this), we have so many things that take up our time (think - cell phones > texting > picture taking phones > editing pictures > uploading pictures > the “i” phenomenon – iPod, iTouch, “iTooMuch” LOL, etc. > facebook, twitter, and other social media > nightclubs > great restaurants > stores > an unlimited number of cable and dish television programs > movies > concerts > Disney World, Sea World, and other theme parks, etc., etc.).  Notice I did not mention work, worship, parenting, home maintenance, car washing, cooking, housekeeping, school, re-certification courses, more sports on TV and in real life than ever even envisioned possible, gyms, and beauty salons and spas; realizing, of course, that this list is by no means complete.  I would love to hear your additions to my list in your comments.

I am sure that you get my point, and that you all of a sudden feel somewhat smothered by our “simplified” times; times that in comparison to the 1950’s and even up to the time just prior to cell phones and computers becoming commonplace tools (1998-2000), were not even a small fraction as time consuming as the present.  That said, in my blogs, expect me to make my point, leave you thinking, and exit each in a timely manner.

My greatest gift to all. May you take it to your hearts.

1 Corinthians 13; New King James Version (NKJV) 

The  Greatest Gift

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My labor of love at twitter...

My labor of love at twitter is to improve my followers lives. I endeavor to do this by sharing my thoughts with them, seeking to guide and inspire them.  I tell them jokes.  I let them know that I am there for them; to listen to them and to have a one-on-one relationship with them.  I show them pictures and videos and I share with them the music I love. I share with them some of my life.  Most of all, I let them know that I truly care for them and that I love them.
In this blog, I share one of our world's most beautiful things.  Paul McCartney's heartfelt and inspirational composition, "Let It Be"

McCartney said he had the idea of "Let It Be" after a dream he had about his mother during the tense period surrounding the sessions for The Beatles (the "White Album"). McCartney explained that his mother -- who died of cancer when McCartney was fourteen -- was the inspiration for the "Mother Mary" lyric in "Let It Be".  He later said, "It was great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing 'Let It Be'."  He also said in a later interview about the dream that his mother had told him in it, "It will be all right, just let it be."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What is the meaning of success?

What is the meaning of success?  Is it just about money?  Is the very rich, bitter, miser, who thinks only of himself and of money, generally considered a success?  Can we be a success without a lot of money?  Can we be a success without love?  Can we be a success without being kind, giving, caring, thoughtful, and considerate?  Can we be a success without intelligence, without wisdom?  Can we be successful without being happy?  Can we be a success without God?  I would love to discuss this topic.  I think for many of us the meaning of success is not clear, and often a mistaken notion.  I wonder how many of us think about success, or about the importance of being successful, or about what we consider to be successful, or whether we are a success?  I wonder how many of us truly feel that we are a success?