Tuesday, December 2, 2008

2 1/2 months to go

I booked my flight this afternoon! As of February 16, 2009 (I definitely typed 2008 first... 2009, strange!) I will be boarding a plane and on February 18, 2009 I will be in MELBOURNE! Australia, not Florida. AH! No turning back, now... as if that was ever a thought to begin with.

Today, on a glorious day off, I did not leave my house once, but I did get some research done. One thing I really am looking into is getting a cat while I'm away. I want to be 100% sure that I'll be able to bring the little guy back to the States with me, so after checking out what Customs had to say, as long as the cat is not sick, I should be fine. They had some pretty harsh wording on their website about "destroying" any animal not fitting their standards for entry. I mean, I know I consider my pets part of my family, and even though I understand the importance of rules and regulations, I think that "destroy" is a little much. They could put it more tactfully. It makes Customs sound like a Michael Vick case waiting to happen.

In non-Australia-related news, over the weekend I finally signed up for Twitter. I have been reading about Twitter for a few years now and how it is an integral social media tool. Honestly, I don't really get it. I will admit that I am finding having topical PR references and news articles streamlined is handy and I did read an interesting article that discussed the end of online anonymity (I will comment on that at a later date, so watch for it). However, that aside, I cannot figure out how to search for people or even publications unless someone I am already following is following them. Anyone have any pointers for getting started with Twitter?

Time to get offline and watch some quality Monday night television (Inside the Actor's Studio with Daniel Radcliffe and The Hills? I think so).


nicoleantoinette said...

I was slow to join Twitter too, but now I'm really enjoying it. It's basically an entire site of facebook status style updates.

Oh yeah, and news. Like you said :)

Jessica Lawlor said...

I loveeee Twitter, Lindsay! (This is Jess, by the way)

What I did was use the search tool (not sure if this is working right now though) and searched things liek "public relations" and "writing" and followed people who seemed interesting.

Then I also use search.twitter.com when I want to find people who are tweeting about something in particular. Haha, like after an episode of a show I like, I search it on there and see what people are saying about the episode. Then I find new followers through that. Honestly, I made my info about me as descriptive as possible, and people "follow" me simply because of my location or the fact that PR is written in there.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me because i get it now haha :)

Amanda Walsh said...

Check out The PR Lawyer... Katie and I blog a lot about Twitter and getting started tips. I'm so excited for your adventures in Oz. :) So happy that you're following your dreams!

Love the blog. Te echo de menos! I miss you!