Column: In 2011, a columnist reboots himself

Wednesday’s column (read it here) is a reflection on my year in electrons — namely, how I got my first cell phone in January and later bought a couple of other electronic devices, as well as recently signing up for Twitter. It answers the occasional reader question of “what do you think of your cell phone?” and also craftily advertises my Facebook page, Twitter account and this blog.

Oh, yeah: Twitter. I rolled this out slowly and until Wednesday’s column have promoted it only via FB and in the fine print at the end of my column. You can find my account at @DavidAllen909.

All the writers and editors at the ol’ IVDB have been encouraged to sign up, so I decided to get with the program early(ish) rather than hold out. Wish I’d taken the plunge a couple of years ago, actually.

My Facebook page, btw, now has a name (long, because “David Allen” was taken): DavidAllencolumnist.

You’re encouraged to check out either or both, if you’re so inclined, and especially if you already use Twitter or FB.

How’s your own personal face-off with life circa 2011 going? Are you embracing, running away, holding it at bay, or what?

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  • Ramona

    I’m still living happily in the land on the Luddites.

    No cable, no wifi, no laptop, no FB or Twitter. My circle of friends and I prefer to communicate face-to-face. And, no, they’re not all old crocks like me.

    My cell phone is still only on when I’m out of the house. It sends and receives phone calls and nothing else.

    I’m thinking of changing carriers after the first of the year for an even cheaper plan. The new phone I’m considering will come equipped with a camera!!!!

    I guess I can learn to live with it.

    Wishing all the best to you and yours for the Holiday Season.

    Oh, what the heck. Let’s throw caution to the wind and just say it.

    Merry Christmas.

    [Thanks, Ramona. And a phone with a (gasp) camera? Baby steps. — DA]

  • shirley wofford

    Hi David,

    I can understand why a person, such as you, in the news business, would want to keep up, with every technological, communication advance. Such advances, have come along, faster than anyone could imagine.

    I still remember the time, car phones came on the market and, the department heads, where I worked, all had them installed, in their official cars. Imagine–they could then call each other, when they were traveling, to and from the offices.

    I have used the same, basic cell phone, for the last ten years. It has no camera, and I have never enacted its voice-mail feature. When I am out, it is in my purse on, “Off”. I use it for emergency, only.

    When I was working, I was too busy, to use a computer, at home. When we were getting near retirement, I gave my husband a laptop, for Christmas. He never took to it, so he lost it–to me. It seems to be all I need, to communicate, with the outside world. Anything more, for a retired person, would be communication overload.

    Merry Christmas to you, and the other commenters.


    [And to you, Shirley. — DA]

  • John Clifford

    At least Ramona and Shirley are HERE, which is a techno activity. (I do mean thank you for a lot of good comments over the years–I’m glad you stop by).

    For me I was an early adopter of computers, blogging, and was pulled along to facebook. Haven’t gone to twitter yet, but perhaps something will entice me there. So far, even though I say a lot and have a lot to say, I’ve not seen a need for it (and I probably couldn’t restrict my verbal assaults to only 140 characters anyway–too many parentheses).

    I would like to get an eReader to lighten my load on the train but trying to figure out which tablet computer has been daunting.