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I am not a Luddite. I embrace technology: from my iPhone, iPad and hi end PC to the latest, state of the art, high-end, simulation software I use every day. But I’ve only barely dipped my toe in social media, up to now.
When the pressure to write a regular blog became too great to resist, I became a blogger and for the last four years, post regular on my signal integrity blog at beTheSignal.com/blog. I’ve slowly learned the distinction of content and my voice in a blog, as compared to a column, feature article or book.
Blogs, I’ve learned, are for content you might want to “chat about” when you talk to a colleague you haven’t seen for a while. It’s a more informal, casual style, with a short, single topic focus.
I use my signal integrity blog on beTheSignal to post my comments on articles or books I’ve recently read, or a cool web site I saw. If I had an interesting technical discussion with someone, I write it up, to share it with a broader community. If I learned something new from these activities, I think others involved in high speed digital design or signal integrity, might find the information of value as well.
But that’s been the extent of my involvement in social media. We tried creating a Facebook page for beTheSignal, but we never figured out how to successfully utilize it- for our benefit or for our customers.
I am a big fan of Leo Laporte and his most popular show, This Week in Tech (TWiT). A few years ago, he’d focus on PCs, then the theme migrated to cell phones, then it was Facebook and for the last year, it’s been Twitter.
As twitter grew in popularity and influence, I got more and more worried- what was I missing?
Even with many of my younger students telling me I should have a Twitter account, I hesitated, reluctant to dive in, especially after crashing and burning on Facebook.
But now, my new LeCroy cousins, Hilary Lustig (@HilaryLustig) and Jeremy Graef, twisted my arm and dragged me kicking and screaming into the 21st century, convincing me I need to Tweet. But with them to back me up and guide me along this new path, I decided to take the plunge.
I can now say, I am a Tweeter. My handle is @beTheSignal
I have great plans for my tweets- and I promise, they are only going to be good stuff, well worth the ten second interruption these tweets create.
If you care about signal integrity, high speed electronics and technology, you can follow me into the 21st century @beTheSignal.