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Comment of the Day: Family Twitters

We have two $30 Amazon vouchers to give away today – and both come from our current poll: Will Your Mom & Dad Ever Use Twitter? Our two winners are: Merredith and Nick Nichols, who both wrote about how their family members use Twitter. Merredith has a 16 year old daughter, who likes Twitter but her “Universe is still all about texting and MySpace and Facebook.” Nick lives in the Philippines and his 83-year old mom keeps up with him through his Twitters. Full comments, and the poll, below.

Congratulations Merredith and Nick, you’ve both won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Netflix Queue Widget.

Note: we had intended to make one winner from the SXSW Breakout Apps post, but no further great comments came in on that post.


“My 16 y/o daughter thinks Twitter’s really interesting, but for her the Universe is still all about texting and MySpace and Facebook. Same goes for my older son.

But I figure that at some point, when they join a larger community — something beyond friending and hot-or-not, a little more about ideas — they could totally see the value in Twitter. I am a fan. And a mom.”


“My Mom is 83. (I’m 56) She uses the computer a lot – email, Google, and keeping up with my Twitter. She lives in Dallas, TX. I live in the Philippines. She keeps telling me over and over how much she appreciates being able to keep up with me through my Twitters.

I don’t twitter, usually, for my Mom. I almost never think about her monitoring it. But sometimes I’ll specifically post something there knowing she’ll see it — saving an email and allowing a bunch of other people to see it too.

But I can’t get her to Twitter herself. She lives in a retirement complex and stays very actively socially. I’d love to know what she’s up to; what’s going on in her live. I have to wait for email – which isn’t quite the same.

So with my Mom, Twitter is in half-duplex mode essentially. But the half that is in use is in tremendously effective.”

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