A Twitter Tale

    c.123w twitterIn January my marvelous mentor said I needed to be on Twitter. Great.

    She told me to choose a handle that would be recognizable using as few characters as possible. Great.

    I choose my name, TanaBevan. It was already taken. Not so great.

    I looked at TanaBevan on Twitter. It wasn’t set up. Frustrating.

    I looked into contacting the owner of TanaBevan. Not possible.

    I looked into the time frame of an unused handle being released back into the name pool. It’s not. (Despite much grumbling on the forums.)

    I looked into how long it could take for a handle to become available after it was deleted (voluntarily or not). Could take months.

    Bummer! Second choice it was: Tana_Bevan.

    Heeding my mentor (Tammy Bleck who is Witty Women Writing ) I went forth (technologically-challenged as I am), and by June had managed to set up my Twitter account, even customizing it. (Woo-hoo!)

    With the help of my aforementioned wonderful mentor (who is not in the least bit modest and will surely appreciate the praise, as it is well deserved) I got launched on Twitter.

    After about a week of tweeting, when I started feeling like maybe I was just beginning to kinda/sorta understand the Twitter process, an email appeared which said in part:

    “Tana Bevan, complete your Twitter profile today!
    @TanaBevan What are you waiting for?”

    What was I waiting for?! I had been waiting for the owner of @TanaBevan to release the handle so I could snag it. Months wasted trying to get something I already had and could have used! (Ironically I still haven’t a clue as to when I first signed up.)

    Luckily my terrific mentor (mentioned a few times already *hehehe*) put me in contact with a talented website/blog teacher/computer-tech geek (Julie DeNeen of Fabulous Blogging) who, between fits of laughter over my Twitter Tale, helped me switch from being underscored to underscore-free.

    I share this story in the hopes it will offer a bit of levity to your day. (I liken my Twitter Tale’s absurdity to tearing the house apart in search of your glasses only to find them on top of your head, or worse, you’re wearing them!)

    I also share this (potentially embarrassing) story as a beacon of hope to the technologically-challenged. If I can accomplish a technological feat, you better believe you can!

    PS: And after all that, you could really help out by following me on Twitter. Thanks much! @TanaBevan

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    Tammy Bleck - July 10, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    Haaaa! That WAS funny, Tana! Don’t think you are the only one that has happened to. Hell no. Social Media has a way of sucking the brains out of us when we are beginners. No worries, you have progressed MARVELOUSLY! No lie. You are a gifted writer, doodler and encourager (bar none), and it is my pleasure to help you along the way. Me modest? Why bother? I know what I’m good at and I have no problem sharing the info. Just don’t ask me to bake you a cake. I hold no bragging rights there! Thank you for the wonderful mention AND the well placed linkage. Well done, Tana. Well done!

    Tana Bevan - July 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    It’s taken some time to get used to and accept the fact that by the time I figure out which buttons to push, the new and improved version of technology is foisted upon me. No worries. After a while (yeah right!) I sort of get used to walking around w/o a clue. (It’ll come in handy as I get older … I’ll have a great excuse for forgetting … the technological widget didn’t remind me. See, there’s a bright side to everything.)

    Today Twitter. Tomorrow Linkedin or Google+ or Pinterest or something else. Ah, well, it also keeps the grey matter functioning. (So the infamous “They” claim.)

    Thanks so much for stopping by. All encouragement and compliments are greatly appreciated. Take care!

    Julie Chenell DeNeen - July 11, 2013 - 6:25 am

    Tana, you are so talented. I love your doodles and your quirky humor. Your storytelling is fantastic. And did I tell you I love your doodle bug?

    This twitter tale was so funny, and many people walked the same road before you. AND – two Twitter identities are SO much easier than two google identities. I’ve had to deal with that too. Ay yi yi!

    Tana Bevan - July 11, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Woo-hoo you better believe both you and Tammy make me feel so special! Thank you soooooooooooooooo much. (Now if I could just carry little miniature versions of you around to keep my spirits souring when I get down on myself. {Haha})

    As you know, technology for the technologically-challenged is an ordeal. However, I, Tana Bevan, Writer, Blogger, Doodler Extraordinare, Encourager bar none, continue to persevere … and am so beepin’ grateful to those who graciously offer their help along the way.

    A big round of applause to all you out there who help others in ways both large and small! Let’s keep the good Karma moving forward!

    IR - July 15, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    I’m so beyond proud of you!!!

    Tana Bevan - July 15, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    That means the world to me! (Probably because you mean the world to me. *sniffle* *sniffle* *emotional*)