De : Philip Waring à Tampa
Envoyé : samedi 18 avril 2009 16:06
À : Eric Degardin à Paris
Objet : Twitter?
Twittering does seem like a good way to keep in touch. Do you twitter? I know you do FaceBook, where that question, “What are you doing now?” (or is it what’s on our mind? what are you thinking about?) is also asked.
I just signed up to twitter, … although most of the time now, here in the Tampa Spring, the birds are twittering and I’m out there listening to them, in the garden, but not saying a word, just planting, orange and lime trees, and queen palms and much else. Here everything grows.
On Apr 26, 2009, at 11:28 PM, Eric Degardin wrote:
Forgive me my late (reply). I’m not twittering this time, but, in a future, why not? … But let me say that gardens are better and nicer that men,… this is why you are right to take care of yours.
See you later,
De : Philip Waring
Envoyé : lundi 27 avril 2009 14:37
À : Eric Degardin
Objet : Re: Twitter?
Eric, Since you say, “why not?” well now you need only to go to Twitter.com, sign up (name and password), and then put me down as someone you want to “follow.”
Start twittering yourself, and we can at least “follow” one another, and perhaps over time find others to follow and still others to follow us?
So, what are you doing, in 140 letters, including spaces, or less?
On Apr 28, 2009, at 3:47 AM,
Eric Degardin wrote:
OP, I’m (not) sure that I have such an important life, to shout to everybody that I am lacing my shoes or peeling potatoes; and I’m pretty sure that not everybody cares about my special palpitations while reading the Idiot of Dostoievski!
But, because you ask to me for it, I am going to tempt a try.
By the way, the light of your last trip to France is again in my heart and my head. Good to walk with you in Paris and go to the French Bank, to meet with French bankers with nice ties and fine words on their tongues.
de Philip Waring
April 28, 2009 10:52 AM EDT
To Eric Degardin
Eric, you’re correct about tying shoelaces, peeling potatoes etc., but if I had (I don’t) a network of 10 or 15 good friends, wouldn’t it be bracing, sometimes joyful (pass the bottle!) to hear from them on a regular basis, as if we were living next door?
Twittering, representing a network that I seem incapable of establishing having lost contact with all those people whom I’ve known in my lifetime and who might have happily twittered with me now,… yes twittering could recreate some of the pleasures of human contacts that we’ve (I’ve) mostly lost.
Now too many spend too much of their time with their cherished pets and flat screens (because they do need warmth and comfort —I’m not yet there, praise the Lord), but how much better it would be if people could spend more of their time with people, if only for that regular and frequent exchange of 140 letters and spaces, the number that Twitter, the taskmaster, allows us.
Oops! I’ve just gone well over the 140 allotment.
But Eric, you do have a network of good friends, that you’ve often told us about on several occasions during our Paris visits. Do they twitter? Maybe I could get to know them too through your twitter network, if you crete one?
ps: Another thought. Ivan doesn’t write, doesn’t like to write the way we do, but he (and Julie) might like to join a Twitter network with us. Twitter instead of FaceBook? Why bother? Well Twitter does seem simpler, more essential, and probably will take up much less of our time. The next time you go to Ivan’s you might talk about all this. He does play the flute, which of all the musical sounds does come closest to twittering.