Archive - Mar 2011

March 6th

Twitter Responses

@EricTTung #swct #sxsw @MatthewBrowning #agpa @dr_bob @GroupTherapyCal @gracesonia @nachc #fqhc @RicDragon @2ndot #beerup @dinothinks

This morning, I received an email from Postling listing people that mention me or responded to something I’ve written on social media sites. Instead of responding to different people individually, I thought I would respond to several of them here.

First, there are the Follow Friday messages and replies. Shoutouts to @EricTTung @HarpethRising @MatthewBrowning @DME1661 @Jordanfenster, and @NewHavenRentry

Then, there was my Hashable invite. I’ve signed up, added friends to my inner circle, but so far, it hasn’t clicked for me.

@EricTTung asked me and some others about some good social media based conferences. @TedRubin responded highlighting ‘#SXSW, Mashable Connect 2011, DigidaySocial, #BWE’. There is a good discussion on Quora about this.

Hopefully, Social Web Week Connecticut will be a good local event this year. Planning is starting to get underway

On Saturday morning, I was at the American Group Psychotherapy Association conference where I participated in a panel with @dr_bob. We tweeted parts of it, and it was great to meet @GroupTherapyCal

@gracesonia, who I met through the National Association of Community Health Centers (@nachc) which deals with Federally Qualified Health Centers, #fqhc asked what #agpa was. Grace, it is the American Group Psychotherapy Association, which is a great group. I was surprised not to see overlap between AGPA and NACHC. That’s something to explore.

After the panel I was on ended, I headed up to the Cloisters with @dr_bob where I checked in on Foursquare. @RicDragon commented that it was a nice place to be on a Saturday, and I agree. I hope to post some pictures soon.

Two final Twitter replies. @2ndot comment about what a great time the #beerup at Eli Cannon’s in Middletown was. It was great. I was glad to see many friends there. During the #beerup, I mentioned to various people some of my cider brewing activities. I get many of my supplies at Maltose Express in Monroe. They just had some special event and @dinothinks ousted me as mayor of Maltose. I don’t expect to challenge him for the mayorship until next fall when cider brewing season rolls around.

So, that catches me up on my replies to various friends on social media and helps provide a glimpse into different aspects of my life.

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March 5th


Today, I participated in a panel at the American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference on what social media means for group psychotherapy. I had a good time, even thought it was a short session, and I hope people got a lot out of it.

There is a lot I could write about the day, getting up early, walking through New York, what I did afterward. Maybe when I have a little more time, I will.

However, I wanted to think for a moment about the groups I am in. Of course, for most of us the first group we belong to is our family. For some the focus might be more on the nuclear family, for others it might be more extended, but it is a group we start with. We are members of groups tied to our education. I am a member of a small group of people that went to Broad Brook school in the mid sixties. I am a member of a larger group of people that went to Mount Greylock Regional High School in the seventies. Some of these group ties are fairly weak now, others remain fairly strong.

As I think about social media, there are about 2900 different groups that I am part of in Twitter. For each person that I follow, I am a member of the group of followers of that person. Some of these groups might be small or median sized groups. Some might be large groups, or even beyond what people in Group Therapy think about as large groups. Likewise, I’m in around1900 different friends groups on Facebook. These are different than the official Facebook groups, but they have their own characteristics.

Another group that I am part of is those who have not crossed Brooklyn Ferry. I’ve walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, I’ve sailed underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, but I never took a ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan. On the one hand, this group might seem so large that it is meaningless. A smaller group is those who have read Walt Whitman’s poem about Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.

And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence, are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.

Well, I have crossed from shore to shore years hence, but not on the ferry. Yet with Whitman, it is a group in my meditations.

So, what groups are you part of?

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March 4th


@harpethrising @dme1661 @newhavenreentry @emacartney @yougottacall @jordanfenster @sparkenergyCT @EricTTung #agpa @dr_bob @drcdrury #beerup @joecascio @cherylbudge

Okay, its a kind of scrambled Follow Friday. Starting off the list is Harpeth Rising, a really great band that I’ve been following for a while. They recently followed me, so it is a good time to mention them again.

Next is @dme1661. I know David from other circles, and while he is new to Twitter and hasn’t tweeted anything yet, I expect his tweets will be interesting.

@newhavenreentry also also just followed me. This is a city initiative ‘to help formerly incarcerated residents reintegrate into New Haven’. Worth the follow.

@emacartney recently came on to my radar she works for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and has been writing a lot of interesting health care tweets.

I was surprised to get a message that @yougottacall recently followed me. I’ve been friends with Tim from @yougottacall for quite a while, and I thought had been following each other for quite a while. Anyway, it is time for another shout out to Tim.

@jordanfenster writes for the New Haven Register. We’ve recently had some good discussions about social media and kids. It will be interesting to see what else he has to say.

@sparkenergyCT recently followed me. If something that sounds a bit like a company follows me, like @sparkenergyCT or @YouGottaCall, I’m unlikely to follow them unless I have some sort of relationship with the company or people in it. At first, I did not recognize @sparkenergyCT, but then I got a message from @EricTTung that he works there and hoped that I would #FF the company, so, here you are Eric.

Next up are @dr_bob and @drcdrury. I am supposed to lead a panel early tomorrow morning with @dr_bob at the #agpa conference. @drcdrury was supposed to be on the panel as well, but unfortunately can’t make it. See AGPA 223 for more details.

I had hoped to make it to the whole conference, but that fell through so I’m just going Saturday morning. This means that I will be in Middletown this afternoon, so I hope to stop by for #beerup with @joecascio @cherylbudge and other CT Twitter friends.

That’s it for today’s #FF.

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March 3rd

Another blank page

So, it is seven in the evening. It has been another long day, and I am facing another blank page. What should I write about? Perhaps I should touch on some of the warm weather we had last weekend as the snow melted creating little streams down the driveway. I chipped away at the large snowbank that is blocking off part of the driveway and can now park closer to the house.

There was a little bit of the element of being a young boy again, playing in the streams of melting snow running down our road towards the bus stop.

It has been a busy week since then. I’ve wanted to follow up on Bob Massie’s Senate campaign. I want to talk with my friends about planning Social Web Week Connecticut 2011. I’ve done a bit of writing at work on some interesting projects, and not had time to get to other projects. This coming weekend, I’ll head down to New York City where I’ll be speaking about social media and group psychotherapy. I’m looking forward to that and disappointed I didn’t have the time and energy to make it to a dinner there this evening.

That said, it looks like I’m out of energy for writing as well.

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March 2nd

Wordless Wednesday

Diabetes Retinophathy Camera, originally uploaded by Aldon.

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