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February 22, 2009

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Dear Friend and Neighbor,

And then there's the torn-between-two-lovers syndrome. Two issues of NY Review of Books sit on a bench downstairs, next to three issues of The Nation--some issues partly read, others read not at all. Whilst, kvetching into my keyboard, I sit up here in my office, devouring The NY Times online.

It's consoling to know you're grappling with all this, too. :)

Thanks for your comments, Dan. You helped me better understand your concerns, with which I agree. It seems to be a process of trial-and-error, experimentation, sorting out and editing. And then, once you think you've got things figured out and prioritized, boom! Some new info or new experience forces another reassessment.

For example, until recently I agreed with your Facebook philosophy, and resolved not to get involved with the social networking sites. (Tried MySpace for volunteer project - too hard to use. Charming local sites, nice but too many of them sprouted up too fast. Too much to keep track of.)

Then when a family friend invited me to join Facebook, I realized that it's a great way to keep in touch with nieces and nephews. Easy to share their photos, art projects, news. Then... I noticed that it's a very good way to reach out to new constiuencies for volunteer work, so I set up a page for OutLOUD. Boom! Lots of community members suddenly materialized as OutLOUD Fans. What a useful communication tool, and free!

Then I got an invitation to Twitter, which seemed utterly frivolous and narcissistic. No way, no Twitter, I thought. Then read an article about a guy who was on a grant review panel, when an obscure question came up that was important to the panel's deliberations. They needed info quickly, so he put out a Tweet, and received many substantive, helpful responses within 5 minutes. Interesting possibilities there!

So now re-examining Twitter's potential. Maybe it's worthwhile, maybe not.

But that's the question. For now, one never knows, do one?
Beth

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