One more post about the election, and then it's back to (yay!) names and brands and language.
Until this election season, I hadn't really understood what was so social about social media. Now I get it. Last night, alone in my living room—I joined friends to celebrate later—I was connected through Twitter with dozens of people around the country the world, all tapping out their impressions as the evening unfurled. During those hours, I felt closer to people I've never met than I do to some acquaintances of many years' standing. Sounds crazy, right? But it's true. More than one person noted that Barack Obama, whose campaign harnessed the power of electronic media to a dazzling degree, will be our first president on Twitter. (And Michelle Obama will be the first blogging First Lady—the 21st-century counterpart to Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote a syndicated newspaper column, "My Day," for 27 years.)
In my excitement last night, I neglected to star my favorite tweets and links, and so I've lost some of them. But here are a few from last night and this morning that stuck:
Rod Knowlton, a k a Told or Known, had a bunch of good lines, including "Barack Obama is our first open source president." And this excellent pun on John McCain's "that one" dismissal of Obama: "That Won."
To live up to the ideal we just embraced, we have to do intentionally what Obama does by nature. He listens to those with whom he disagrees, but he responds only to the goodness expressed in even the most fear-driven of statements. Ignore the small, the petty, the self-involved, the defensive, and respond to the moments of goodness in all of us.
This is a practical program. I’ve seen it adopted on purpose and I’ve seen it work. Avoiding getting dragged into negative shoutfests is basic troll management. Learning to hear and respond to what is good and shared in an expression we find detestable is harder. The best teachers do this routinely. We can all learn to do it. We can. Yes, we can.
I'm sorry I can't remember who wrote, at some point last night, "it's the end of an error," but I love it. (UPDATE: Josh Weinberger—not, I think, related to Dave—informs me that Oliver Marks tweeted it. Thanks, Josh!)
Jay Rosen, who teaches journalism at NYU, offered this: "For a rootless cosmopolitan such as myself, the fact that a rootless cosmopolitan is now... you know, president of the US-- rather big deal."
Amy in Ohio marveled at the crowd in Chicago: "That sea of Americans in Grant Park last night - wow! The true tapestry of America is GORGEOUS!"
In Milan, LivePaola stayed up very late to watch the results. She tweeted: "Why do I feel like I felt the day the Berlin wall fell?"
Finally, there was http://isobamapresident.com, which all day yesterday carried a single word: "Almost." Click on the link now and see what's changed.