Archive for May, 2009

I recently changed the banner on my blog to the photo you see above and I just wanted to say a big thank you to Lizzie for letting me use it.  I found her photo through Flickr, a photo sharing website, and thought it was a perfect fit for my blog.  I thought her picture embodies the key messages I’m trying to promote as watermelon queen- the love and heart-healthy benefits of watermelon.  So I encourage you to click here to see the photo in it’s original form and here to see more photos from Lizzie.



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What is Twitter?

On the right-hand side of my blog is a widget that says, “Follow the Texas Watermelon Queen on Twitter.”  I’ve already been asked a couple times what Twitter is, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain it here.

Twitter is a social networking site that allows its members to post status updates in 140 characters or less.  Users can make these posts, called “tweets,” from their computer or their cell phones.  I wanted to utilize Twitter to give my readers up-to-date information on where I was traveling and what I was doing as Texas Watermelon Queen, since I am not always able to blog about it right away.  For example, I might tweet that I will be traveling to a big convention on the weekend. Then I can provide tweets on how my flight is going, what’s happening at the convention and all the celebrities that I meet! (ok, that last one might be a little unrealistic)

Twitter is free and quickly growing.  In fact, you can follow some of your favorite celebrities on Twitter, like Lance Armstrong, John Mayer, Shaquil O’Neal, and even Oprah Winfrey.

I like to follow the Austin-area news organizations, because they often tweet headlines of stories or weather updates and provide links that take you directly to that story.  As a journalism student, I find that it’s a convenient way to be in-the-know on the latest news headlines.

If you care to learn more about Twitter, click here for a story from the NYTimes.com.

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