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December 21, 2010



The other day I wanted to respond to someone's tweet with a link to a document — but I hadn't a clue how to do it.

Yes, I know, post it as a JPEG on flickr or Twitpic or their ilk and link to the corresponding URL.

Way more than my TechnoDolt™ self was capable of wrapping itself around at the time.

"Solve the problem with what's in the room," Edwin Land's wonderful advice, invoked itself.

Does a virtual room — i.e., the mind — qualify as being in camera?

I say it does and no one else around had a vote except Gray Cat, who was basking in full submissive pose in a shaft of sunlight, wisely choosing to abstain, a là Maxwell Maltz's wonderful advice, "The best response is no response."

With all these great exemplars and advisors, how come I mess up so often?

Perhaps because of yet another piece of wisdom I follow all too often, to wit: "Take my advice, I'm not using it."

Not that distant philosophically from, "My advice is worth exactly what you're paying for it."

But I digress.

I put on my thinking cap — yes, I actually have one, but that's the subject of another post entirely, sometime in the future (unless you believe that it could as well be characterized as appearing in the past from the point of view of someone who's read that future post) — and gave some thought to how else I could get that document to someone via Twitter without posting it to some new place where I'd have to set up an account, blah blah blah.

Then the penny dropped.

Over the years, whenever a new blogging service has appeared I've set up an account and done a test post, just to see if it was easier than TypePad.

As such, I've accumulated a number of blogs with one or two posts that haven't been accessed since I tried them out.

I went back into my Rolodex and found several, each of which I tried to see if I could still post.

Voilà — one worked.

So I posted the document to it, then used the blog post's permalink in my tweet.

So cool.


I'm not going to tell you where to find bookofjoedark.

Because then it wouldn't be a secret and I wouldn't be able to use it effectively for one-offs like that tweet.



December 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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Another option would be to use the Sharing feature in Google Documents. For example, I've shared an unfinished blog post draft document here:


(I often use Google Docs for drafting future blog posts so I can work on them over a period of time and from a variety of PCs.)

Posted by: Rob O. | Dec 22, 2010 4:05:37 PM

No can do. Nice cardboard cards, alphabetized and notated with pencil. Electronically saved notes R not us.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Dec 21, 2010 12:36:06 PM

Please tell me that you were using the (trademarked) term, "Rolodex" to describe an electronically saved note?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 21, 2010 12:31:42 PM

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