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TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:08 pm

I'M DOING A TWITTER WARMUP OF WISHES AND OBSTACLES. I'm doing some practice runs on Twitter for the humungous, round the world idea party we're setting up for pub date of Wishcraft's new, 30th anniversary edition. (That will be Mar 23-34. You can read about it at www.barbarasherwishcraft.com) (it won't be on Twitter, but you can sure invite friends to join via twitter). It will be free, on internet radio. As part of that project I've lured some clever people to the Twitter #ideaparty thread-thingie and they're presently involved in problem solving wishes and obstacles on the one that's running now: the ongoing, informal idea party I started last Friday just to see if it works. It works. A little slowly, so I'm setting up a more formal Twitter #ideaparty, with a date -- week from tomorrow -- and starting and ending time (I think noon to midnight on the east coast) and I plan to be there the whole time (with a few short breaks) Now I'm inviting you to come join us, since you're the best problem solvers I ever knew and you might even have some wishes and obstacles yourself. It's time you learned to tweet anyway (not the way that Jon Stewart made fun of -- he was totally right about that kind of tweeting -- but this is a brand-new kind of tweeting, from anything I've seen.) Here's what I said in my most recent newsletter (including really good instructions for how to do it) Barbara Sher's Newsletter WISHCRAFT IS 30 YEARS OLD IN MARCH An anniversary edition of Wishcraft is coming out on March 24. Yes, I wrote it when I was a broke single parent of two small kids and in my mid 40's and people have been buying it steadily for 30 years. It's never gone out of print. That's a reason to celebrate. The new edition isn't available until Mar 24, but I'm starting the party right now. I want you there. First thing to do if you want to be part of the Challenge and win a lot of really good stuff (much of it mailable, stampable, in an envelope, like signed personally to you first editions of Refuse to Choose (the hardback) or DVDs of either my Refuse to Choose or my Barbara Sher's Idea Party public TV pledge special. Stuff like that. To do that, visit the special website I put up just for the occasion: http://www.barbarasherwishcraft.com IDEA PARTY! If you don't know what an Idea Party is, go to BarbaraSherWishcraft.com and find the page called "Idea Party!" You'll see some astonishing stories and every one of them is absolutely true. They represent thousands of stories - and I hope you'll jump in and email me yours if you have one, so I can add it to the Idea Party Blog. LET ME STOP AND TALK ABOUT IDEA PARTIES FOR A MOMENT. Because of two things: First, I've already started an ongoing Idea Party on Twitter and all the best brains on Twitter (at least the best brains who are fans of Wishcraft) are there, warming up for the BIG idea party on March 23-24. They're peeking in every now and then just waiting to hear if you have an impossible dream they can help you with. YOU AND TWITTER If you didn't have a creative mind you wouldn't be on my mailing list, so you're needed at this ongoing warmup. If you're on Twitter already you don't need to read this part: If you're not, don't debate or scorn it, just do what I tell you so you can get on. You can always stop later. (If you scorn this, you'll have to stop making fun of your aunt who won't use email because you're just as silly as she is). I write better instructions than techies, so read carefully: MY SUPERIOR TWITTER INSTRUCTIONS (FOR THE REST OF US) Go to Twitter.com and sign in with a funny name no one will recognize. Then you'll see a page with a bunch of comments on it. Ignore them, they're often a little boring, just scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see a row of very tiny, blue words. And one of them is 'search.' They hide it for some reason, but you can find it at the bottom of most Twitter pages. If not, look around the top for the cleverly hidden word "Home" and click on that. Then scroll down again and you're sure to find it. Once you've achieved that goal, click on that little word 'search' and your screen will show you a blank space on the top where you can write stuff. Now type in the following: #ideaparty and hit the search button right below that space. You'll find yourself with a page full of short notes from people playing the Wishcraft IdeaParty brainstorming/barnraising game also known as an Idea Party! Read the remarks until you find something you want to answer. ANSWERING A TWITTER THE FIRST TIME IS A DEMONIC TRICK Of course, no one will tell you how to answer. That's also a trick. Here's what to do: Move your cursor around the space about an inch to the right of the message you want to answer and you'll see a smoky little bent arrow appear. Click that little bugger before it goes away and you'll get another blank space where you can write an answer. Before you type in your short answer, type #ideaparty into the blank space so we can always find your comment. (Ignore the thing at the top that says What are you doing now? Nobody really cares. We want your brain, not your domestic habits.) Then start typing. You'll only get a handful of words, like a telegram, (but you can always continue on a second sentence if you want to. I don't think you're supposed to but nobody's going to stop you). So start lurking and then giving out splendid solutions to people's problems until your brain gets polished and shines like chrome. For a true idea person, it's as much fun as dancing. I'm there as often as I can be, so bring your wishes and obstacles, too. (I'm so good at coming up with great ideas I impress myself! Try me, you'll see.) It's the beginning of you getting a bunch of really neat presents, and not the kind that are made of air, either. I'll be mailing (licking stamps, addressing envelopes with a magic marker) first editions of Refuse to Choose and DVDs of my public TV show Barbara Sher's Idea Party (as well as some air stuff you can download, which you can see on Genius Press). NOW WARM UP YOUR TWITTER FINGERS AND VISIT barbarasherwishcraft.com TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE CHALLENGE AND THE PRIZES and let's get rolling. My books don't have a 30th anniversary every day. :-)
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby Beth L » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:05 pm

The Twitter #ideaparty is fun, once you get the hang of it. To get started, I just went to www.tweetchat.com, entered my Twitter name & password, then selected ideaparty to get into the chat room. Nice thing is that it then automatically plugs in the "#ideaparty" for you, but of course that counts as some of your 140 characters for a tweet. There is so much traffic already in the #ideaparty already on some days, I can hardly wait to see how it goes on the BIG launch day, Tuesday March 24, 2009, for the World Wide Rave for Wishcraft 30th Anniversary edition. Awesome stuff! Beth
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:29 pm

Thanks, Beth. That's the easiest way. It's heating up over there. Did you get 3 people for your wonderful recipe/memoir telephone workshop? I'd like to come. How many people do you want? You have the best ideas for what to ask our elderly parents and grandparents. I always get stuck but your ideas are really perfect. I've tried them on my Mom and she loves them! She gave me a recipe for you. I'll email you.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby Beth L » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:39 pm

Barbara, I think there will be a couple of people on tomorrow's call. I just created a Wish/Obstacle with the dates & times of the teleclasses, so I do hope to draw in more people who want to capture family stories. My family memories often seem to revolve around food and special events, so that is why it is such a fun topic to share with clients.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby An8el » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:14 am

I've already been present at a few #ideaparties over on Twitter - just a few. They are AWESOME! If you are on Twitter when the ideas start coming fast and furiously, and people are posting to #ideaparty in droves...Twitter has a hard time updating in "real time." There is a service that deals with this issue. Once you have signed up for Twitter, I recommend to take this service for a whirl to get familiar with it. The advantage is that it updates immediately so you won't be missing anything that happens in the idea party on Twitter. So that is http://www.tweetgrid.com/ If you have trouble figuring it out, ask me and I'll be happy to write out the destructions to use that service also. The other thing that has happened during an #ideaparty on Twitter - when the ideas start to come fast and furiously on the #ideaparty area - some automatic feature in Twitter jumps in. I guess it is trying to notify people that something is a happening thing right now - our #ideaparty area! It comes in with a ranking of how popular #ideaparty is - stuff most of us could care less about. I found the fact that it pops in without being invited a little obnoxious. It seemed to make people leave the party possibly because it comes as crass commercialism. If you aren't ready for it, please don't let it make you leave the #ideaparty. Anway - c'mon over to Twitter! It's pretty fun over there to chat in "real time".
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby Beth L » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:22 pm

These comments are from Susan, but she was having trouble getting into the BB: (1) Tweetchat.com is another application that works to follow a chat. (2) What she is referring to is that #ideaparty became one of the top 10 # chats on twitter! That is great because that top 10 lists are featured in many twitter-esque applications, and it is another way to get people interested in seeing what is going on. Unlike a post on a closed BB, tweets are propagated to millions of people.... PUNCHLINE: Tweetchat.com does not follow the top 10 trending chat topics, so using that app should eliminate the problem that she wrote about.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby BarbaraSher » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:00 pm

Hi Beth Tell Susan that I've been using both Tweetchat and Tweetgrid for awhile. I like them both, and they both have shortcomings. Sometimes I just use the 'search' link at the bottom of my home page. (the third way) I know we ranked high. I did 95% of that myself and got a big kick out of seeing that it was #5 or #6 in the top ten for a few hours before I went to sleep. It never got up there again, but I wasn't quite as dedicated (however I was joined by some wonderful brainstormers and they were doing a lot of the work without me -- which is what I had hoped for.) It was the first night, about 10 days ago. Someone said I should pretend to solve problems on Twitter (a month before I I sent an email saying I should do #ideaparty on Twitter and then forgot about it.) Anyway, I said, 'We don't have to pretend, we can just do it.' She said, 'No, what if you can't solve the problem?' And I said 'We can always solve the problem, Watch this.' I was ready for bed but just to show her I went on and started the #ideaparty.Well, about 3 hours later I was still doing it fast and furiously. People came in (we solved the abovementioned person's problem in about 5 seconds) but it was so much fun I didn't want to stop. And that's when I saw it show up on the top ten. Lots of other people are in now, and I am too, on and off, but we never got up there before (unless it happened when I wasn't looking). Tell Susan it's all taken care of and she should do her Level 3 FAQs. You can quote me.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby An8el » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:34 pm

Which reminds me - soon on Twitter we need to get the crowd (the ones who are following all of us who follow you, Barbara,) to be sending out tweets and what Tweeps call "re-tweets", (which is when you repeat what someone else has sent you to your own pile of followers.) How about starting on Monday? We need to advertise that we've got the ideaparty scheduled for this coming Thursday - and at what times this is happening. For me it happens from 6am-6pm because I'm in Hawaii, and my state doesn't change to daylight time as most of the rest of the country will have done. Pacific time is from 9am-9am....Eastern time will be from noon to midnight ? I think in the UK that would be 3pm to 3am??? In India that would be ???? In Australia that would be ??? Someone from those areas of the world help us out here! Since just last week, I've had quite a few people following me who are creative idea brainstormers. I'm sure they will be very curious about what might be going on at our #ideaparty when it is happening. So I'd like to get the word to them so they can send it along to their followers and we'll pull in some interesting people from all walks of life.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby BarbaraSher » Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:40 pm

Thursdays might turn out to be 1) a regular #ideaparty day 2) bigger than the radio/telephone/Ustream one we're doing on Wishcraft's pub date on Mar 23. And it might be attended by more people, and it will surely continue after the Big One is over. Like all year. Or forever. It's just like here: you ask for help, you get geniuses w/ big hearts who rush in and try to help (maybe the same geniuses :-). It's just faster, and attracts a lot of strangers. So if you want to exercise that good brain of yours, you'll find that Twitter #ideaparty is less like a conversation and more like a lot of telegrams. It has its charm. :-) Tweeting and re-tweeting. I just came up with a bunch of possible tweets you might want to adapt. (I didn't count characters, just picked up ideas from some appealing invitations other people have put up already) I've put them below. If you're on Twitter and you put up one of these messages (always including #ideaparty), I believe all your followers will see it, no? That would be a good thing. Retweeting mine and each other's is good, too. If you don't know how to Retweet -- I'll let someone else tell you because this post is going to be too long as it is. :-) Okay, if you want to make Thursday's #ideaparty a big hit (I'd like that a lot) and don't want to make up your own tweet, here are some you can use for templates -- and, if you have room, please copy & paste this tinyurl at the end (I think it will keep working): http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Here they are; have a ball: #ideaparty Thursday, from noon til we drop. Come on over & make someone’s dream come true. http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Set your clocks ahead so you’ll know when it’s noon EST because we’re making dreams at #ideaparty http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Come join me and @BarbaraSher on Thursday at #ideaparty & bring a dream. http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Can you solve problems standing on yr head? Be at #ideaparty Thursday & make somebody's dreams come true. @BarbaraSher is hosting #ideaparty Thursday. If you’re a dreamer w/ a creative brain, join us. http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k [For Success Team Leaders] I’m guest-hosting Thu #ideaparty for an hour and so are a lot of other SuccessTeamLeaders. Join us! http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Are you a dreamer? #ideaparty is happening on Thursday from noon til midnight. http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Are you a problem-solver? Bring that busy brain to launch some impossible dreams Thursday #ideaparty 12pm-12am Got an impossible dream? Maybe we can make it possible. @BarbaraSher and #ideaparty on Thursday. http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k You don’t know what’s possible. Come to the #IdeaParty Thursday noon til we drop. http://tinyurl.com/b8pd7k Thursdays #ideaparty we brainstorm dreams into reality from noon to midnight. Be there. *Thursday is the 12 to 12 #ideaparty. Bring a wish&obstacle. *Thursdays we brainstorm with the inventor of the #ideaparty, @Barbara Sher Please RT *Join @BarbaraSher at the Thursday 12-hour #ideaparty & bring an impossible dream. Please RT Okay, that's all I had in me. Now I crash and dream of a big, wonderful Idea Party. Thanks for tweeting and retweeting it and I hope you can be there, too. (I won't actually run it for 12 hours - Success Team leaders will take turns hosting and all the good idea people who attend will be the wind beneath our wings :-)
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Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:57 pm

If you really want some high-speed ideas, and lots of them, for overcoming your obstacles, you should be with me tomorrow at Twitter.com and search for #ideaparty. We're hot! Noon til midnight. Drop by. Ask for something.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby Beth L » Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:28 pm

Barbara, The Idea Party sounds terrific. What time zone is it in and can just anyone join in? That is such a great opportunity to bounce ideas off of you and your Success Team Leaders.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:53 pm

I'm making it noon til midnight New York time so everyone can find a time no matter where they are, and yes, it's open to everyone. We need wishes and obstacles as much as we need problem-solvers, so come in and see what occurs to you. Bring your friends. Act like a teenager and tweet the world that you're doing it (while you're doing it). Just don't forget to write in #ideaparty or we might miss it.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby BarbaraSher » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:03 pm

We just finished a 12-hour idea party on Twitter and it was simply smashing!! Some people who haven't fallen away in exhaustion are continuing, logicallly enough, in the 'Idea Party' forum. I'll peek in tomorrow. Wow. What a day. Doing it again next Thursday. I think this is a newsmaker so if you know anyone in the media, mention it. Let them watch us next Thursday. Wow.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby Beth L » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:23 pm

Barbara, Today's Idea Party on Twitter (#ideaparty) was even more exciting than I had imagined. What a fantastic way to meet up with great people and help them resolve the obstacles that are keeping them from their goals. I can hardly wait for the next one on Thursday, March 19. You really rock, Barbara! Thanks for all your support & help.
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Re: TWITTER FOR QUICK WISHES & OBSTACLES

Postby An8el » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:19 am

Yeah, it was a little crazy - but I quickly got used to it. Some "tweets" were lost, and some conversations were going on besides what was coming up on the #ideaparty collection area...so it was a little confusing to follow. People were talking about stuff like we were all in a room together instead of sticking to the task - so it was a little hard to get who was answering who. It strikes me that it would have been much worse if there were more than ten people at a time there - the speed of the "tweets" coming onto the system would have been too fast to see and pages would have gone by too quickly to read. Good thing that didn't happen. But once I just surrendered and began to see it as ALL related together, all misunderstandings were constructive ones... Then it was so fun, that I stayed for half the day. My favorite idea for people (like me) who are hi-idea producers: "Get an attention-attracting sign, busk to provide ideas; 5 min. = $5.00" Made me laugh. Then I remembered that laughing is what all scientists do when they make a discovery. Hey, I might even do that one - as crazy as it seems. At least I can make the sign for free.
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