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Gallifrey Falls No More!

I have been traveling in time back to dark winter’s nights when I was ten years old. After tea on a Saturday all the boys of Caterall Hall would gather in front of the television to watch Doctor Who. On that television we watched the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill with Richard Burton’s voice over; the birth of Top Of The Pops, but the event that has accompanied me through the years was the advent of Doctor Who. Communal television viewing was very much a feature of my schooldays; we watched little television, but some programs stand out as communal events like The Champions and Adam West’s Batman watched and enjoyed in Shute Common Room. As a student, Doctor Who was one of very few programs powerful enough to draw me to the Glasgow University Union television room, otherwise I was quite content without a television of my own. I suppose many people identified with the Companions, but for the aliens among us it was with the Doctor; Doctor Who was one of the things we had in common with our human school mates.

I have been on Twitter perusing the various Doctor Who Fiftieth Anniversary hash tags.  It would seem that watching Doctor Who is still very much a communal activity; we may watch separately,  but we still share our pleasure and excitement. Of course, for many,  yesterday’s screening of the Day Of The Doctor was literally a communal event with thousands flocking to cinemas to watch in 3D. We stayed at home to enjoy the program and its accompanying coverage. I have had a wonderful weekend; from “An Adventure In Space And Time” through to “Day Of The Doctor”, it has been sheer joy.  I loved “An Adventure In Space And Time” because the First Doctor is my Doctor.

I am one of those who has reservations about Stephen Moffat so I looked forward to “Day Of The Doctor” with a degree of foreboding. I have now forgiven Moffat his past transgressions, I need not have worried,  I loved “Day Of The Doctor”. This program has opened up so many new possibilities for the program. I look forward, or is it back,  to the future of the Doctor and Who knows what other Time Lords.

I don’t know how many also caught Georgia Tennant and Peter Davidson’s little gem, “The Five ish Doctors” with Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davidson, Paul McGann, David Tennant and a host of well known faces, but I loved it.



Time? What Time?!

I really do need to get to work on my schedule, there are so many things I want to do and too many ways to lose time. One of the advantages of my paid employment is that it does allow me quite a lot of reading time, this won’t help for my online course, but it may free up non-work time for activities other than reading. I once calculated that I have a thirty six hour day based on the activities that I can do simultaneously. I travel by public transport which means I can read or watch DVDs without the need to concentrate on the road. I can listen to mp3s and music while gardening.

Because of the way I process information there are many activities I cannot do in tandem with others, I cannot listen to factual radio programs while reading, I cannot do anything while watching television. This is the area upon which I shall focus as it is here that there is the greatest danger of losing time. I don’t intend to give up television, but I shall be somewhat more discriminating, it is too easy to lose an evening watching things that are not really important. The computer is another potential time waster, especially Facebook and Twitter. I find that having Yoono running at the side of my screen allows me the occasional catch up on my feeds,. The most useful thing I have done with my networks is to link them to my Google Mail so that at the start of a session I can quickly scan for notifications that demand a response.

Of course what I really do need to do is actually organise my schedule so that the activities that matter have sufficient time allocated to them and that requires a little more planning than hitherto. I don’t have to use the time rigidly as allocated, but it is important that there is sufficient and, to me, that I have an advance awareness of how my time will be spent.



Is Twitter a Marketing Tool?

I was having discussion on Twitter with the novelist Annalisse Mayer on Twitter @AnnalisseMayer about certain aspects of Social networking. The conversation reminded me that it is some time since I wrote anything on the subject.

I personally do not use the internet as a marketing tool, but some do, and of those some use it effectively, my concern here is primarily on whether Twitter is a marketing tool. Much has been written on the subject, but here are a few observations of my own.

On Twitter I have over 1400 followers and I follow slightly more. I have never needed to use any service to build followers, to some extent because I have no need to market, but also I have allowed my Twitter account to grow organically. Were I to use Twitter as a marketing tool then I might feel a need to “grow my list” as they say. There is a point in this, the more people who see your message the better, however if that’s all they see they will not follow for long, so you need to give them a reason to follow. Twitter is basically two things a source of information and an opportunity for self expression, in which I include sharing information that interests you. A good Twitter output will include personal stuff that show you to be a real person to whom others can relate. Your tweets should share information related to your topic of interest from various sources, share links to articles and blogs you have found, and especially retweet other people’s posts. When someone retweets you or comments on one of your tweets always reply. In amongst all this it is quite legitimate to share links to your own product as a service to your readers. If you only have 140 characters you can’t afford too long lings so use URL shorteners, Bitly is popular and has a useful sidebar. Twitter has its own shortener as do several Twitter clients some of which like Yoono, HootSuite and TweetDeck which is owned by Twitter have in built tools to make sharing easier. It is obvious you can’t say a lot about your product in 140 characters, but you can link to a blog which promotes it as well as to the product itself.

If you have a blog promoting your product a good way to promote it is to comment on other people’s blogs comments readers will then see your link and some will take a look. On WordPress whenever you like someones blog they will get a message linking to yours. You can also use pingbacks a sort of automatic comment.

I mentioned above having a topic of interest, do not be too diverse in your interests (nor too narrow) people need to see you as a reliable source of information on just a couple of things. My primary interest is Asperger’s syndrome so my posts tend to relate to that, I also post on other things such as technology, social networking, cinema and politics but to some extent they are connected to my main interest so it is likely that they may be of interest to my primary readership. When I post about Scotland I am directly posting about where I live, it is personal to me. If you have several interests you may want to open separate Twitter accounts for them as you will notice, has Dom Sagolla, I have three accounts (I had four, but one became moribund so I dropped it).

People who want to use Twitter as a marketing tool really do need to develop a plan before they start my first recommendation is read “The Twitter Book” by Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) & Sarah Milstein (@SarahM) – both of whom maintain a friendly and helpful presence on Twitter. The other book I recommend is 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla one of the creators of Twitter.
A useful source of tools to use with Twitter is the article: 99 Essential Twitter Tools And Applications.

On Twitter I have over 1400 followers and I follow slightly more. That is a lot of information on which to keep an eye, and obviously it is impossible to do so, people who have deliberately built up big lists are faced with an even bigger challenge. There are two tools within Twitter itself that make your feed more manageable. The first is lists add the people you follow to lists that reflect the content for which you follow them, just open lists click on “create list” name the list then whenever you follow someone add them. I have several lists including “technology”, “autism”, “current affairs” and “Scotland”, but I do need to weed them a little. The other useful tool is the #hashtag search which you can use to follow particular topics like the Gary McKinnon extradition fight #freegary. If you want to read one person’s tweets you can do a person search either under their name or, better if you know it, their @twittername.

I would suggest to those interested in using Twitter as a marketing tool that they keep an eye on and tweet about subjects that are trending, but from their own point of interest. Your Twitter page has a display of what is trending, there used to be several dedicated search engines like CrowdEye, Trendex, and Kosmix, but they have gone. If someone is searching for “Sir Bobby Charlton”, for example, you could use that to point them towards another olympic torch carrier, or a blog that references him in a totally different context.

Recommending others is a good way to build your own list because not only will people return the favour, but every time they retweet a #followfriday, or whatever, recommendation your name goes out to their followers who may well check you out.

My final recommendation is to manage your time, social media can be time consuming so use agents like Yoono, HootSuite, and TweetDeck to enable you to post to multiple accounts at once, not only your Twitter, but also Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn etc. Also use agents to post tweets when you are not at the PC. SocialOomph and TweetDeck allow you to schedule tweets in advance this means you can maintain a constant internet presence while getting on with your life. However it is important to check back and respond to people’s reactions to your remote tweets, that’s what your smartphone’s for, but that’s a story for another day.



Mature Autism: The Secret of My Success

The other day on Facebook Dan Bradbury was being criticised for being too concerned with money, and it was suggested that there were better indicators of success. No one who has observed Dan with his wife and daughter could think for one moment that his primary criteria for success is money. It was during one of Dan’s conferences, largely thanks to Richard Wilkins, that I realised that the only thing that prevented me from realising my success was that I was trapped into the belief that success is measured by money and status.

According to the National Autistic Society only 15% of adults with autism in the UK are in full-time paid employment. I have been in employment for most of the last forty years, I may not be at the top of any profession, I may not be a great entrepreneur, I may not be a “go to” authority for the media when my field comes up, but I am working and being paid for it. I may technically be disabled, but I have never needed to claim any disability benefit, and only claimed unemployment for a short period in the 70s. I have done this without any formal help, although I couldn’t have done it without considerable support and tolerance, particularly from my wife and family. It may be true that with support my career path may have been different, but I have not complaints, I did it MY way.

I have been married for over thirty years to the same person. I haven’t been able to find statistics on the incidence and longevity of marriage or long-term relationship for people with autism, but my understanding is that it is an area in which a very small minority are successful in a society where, increasingly, long marriages are a thing of the past. A Guardian article in 2010 showed that not only are divorce rates climbing, but that the numbers of couples getting married is falling. By any relationship yardstick, autistic or otherwise, I consider my wife and I a success. People with Asperger’s are known to have particular problems with relationships because we lack social skills, particularly in communication, as a consequence we tend not to make friends, I have a friendship that dates back to 1972, my early days at university. I also have several people with whom I socialize and many more online friends. I may not visit people in their homes, but I do not like to be visited and I believe a level of reciprocity is involved in these things so I prefer to meet in neutral venues. I am happy with this level of interaction, and therefore count it as a success.

Educationally I have to accept that my qualifications are somewhat lower than my IQ would suggest they should be. However I made it to university without any special assistance, unfortunately I did not have the self-discipline to complete my university degree although I somehow managed to get through three very boozy years. It may be true that, with the right support, I could have made it through university with a degree, but no one knew I was autistic back then, and no one forced me to focus on alcohol and politics instead of my studies. Had I had the appropriate support I may well have been a graduate and gone through with my plan to become a Franciscan friar, but had I done so I would not now have two granddaughters without whom, I strongly suspect, the world would be a duller place! Of course, I think it’s fair to say, had I carried through my plans I would have been perfectly happy, and I admit to a pang of jealousy when my friend and confessor Father Raymond Lloyd went off to be a Franciscan hermit – Brother Ramon SSF.

Which brings me full circle. I am not a celibate hermit who spends his life in prayer. I am a grandfather, a husband and a worker, none of which prevent me spending my life in prayer, but I must admit my theology with its strictly logical foundation might horrify most believers. My life works, and a big part of my success is because I never knew I was autistic so I just had to get on with my life. My autism brought me no outside help nor did it allow me any excuse for inaction – which my natural laziness would have exploited – or for failure. My autism made me who I am, a success. My diagnosis gave me an interest that impelled me to write and make some amazing new friends. With an earlier diagnosis I may today have a success more in line with what society considers success, but I’m damn sure I wouldn’t have had half as much fun or interacted with such amazing people!



Autism Awareness: The End of The Month

So Autism Awareness Month is over and what has it done? The Autism Community has been blogging fervently for thirty days, parents have been blogging about their experiences, and so have autistics some on their own blogs and some as guests of blogs like The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. So many words written by so many people, but have they made any difference? Have all those words changed anyone’s mind? Has anyone outside the Autism Community noticed all those words, did anyone hear them, did anyone listen?

I know, personally, that I have made new contacts over the month, and I’m delighted that some of old posts have found a new audience. From feedback I have received, I know that some people have found my words useful but the feedback is largely from other autistics or their families. I am glad that we are supporting each other, and it is important that we continue to do so, and not just for one month but for all twelve for as many years as we need each other, but I wonder how much impact we are making on the wider community.

In fact we know we are reaching a wider community, Autism Awareness Month does get media coverage, and it is marked by documentaries like Louis Theroux’ Tough Love. More importantly we have a presence in the mainstream media, autistic characters are being written into more and more television dramas and the occasional comedy, autistic characters feature in mainstream movies from Hollywood to Bollywood. Even more importantly governments are beginning to notice us, some American states are specifically recognising Autism in healthcare provision, Scotland now has a national Autism Strategy with over thirteen million pounds of government funding. In all honesty the gains so far made, however magnificent, are small compared to the overall needs of the autism community, but they are a start for which we should be grateful. The campaigners who have won these gains should be proud, and we should be proud of them.

No one knows for sure who was the first autistic, but it is fifty years since the National Autistic Society was founded and in that time understanding of autism has advanced greatly and gains have been made, we still have a long way to go. I don’t know how much of a difference Autism Awareness Month makes, but I know we have not come so far that we can afford to stop now. Even if the main value of Autism Awareness Month is that it gives us strength to carry on, then it is valuable. I hope Autism Awareness Month spreads awareness of Autism to a wider community, but whatever I have enjoyed it. I have made new friends, found new blogs to read, learned new things, and from reading the posts people have shared, my respect for autistics and their families is greater than ever. Thank you everyone who made this month so special with your posts, your fund raisers, media interviews, your walks, your participation. Thank you, you make my world a better place!



Autism Awareness: My Internet

Sitting here in the early hours of the morning Internet was down and I was reflecting on how upsetting that was to me. The Internet has given me a new freedom and facility to communicate with others far beyond what I ever had before, and has given me the opportunity to socialise freely in a way to that I never could. I have always found conversing with other people a burden, I can do it, but I dislike it. I am reasonably content to listen to others as long as they are being interesting, occasionally they are. Communicating online, as I have said before and will probably say many times more, gives me the opportunity to edit my thoughts before bestowing them on others. When I am at my computer I am generally away from other distractions which also makes communicating easier; face to face interactions are too frequently conducted under circumstances where competing stimuli make meaningful exchange difficult.

I tend not to ask for help. At school I would rather sit crying at a question I could not answer than raise my hand in class and ask for help, I rarely ask for directions, hate calling tradesmen, and even where there is a formalised arrangement to request help such as with my Doctor, I prefer not to. When – last year – I posted about the problems I was having, I received a lot of support from people on line. I could never have shared my problems were it not for the Internet, and so would not have received the support I needed. Because of the Internet I don’t have to ask for directions, I have Google Maps, indeed for most of the questions I need to ask there is Google. People may raise concerns over changes to Google’s privacy policy, personally I consider it a small price to pay for what I get from them. (Yay Google!)

I socialise on Twitter, I really enjoy Twitter, 140 characters is enough for most communication and for anything longer I have my blogs. As well as allowing me to share my thoughts with others my blog allows me to understand my own thoughts as I have mentioned before. http://springingtiger.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/blogging-and-the-construction-of-thought/ Were it not that I already have family and friends on Facebook I doubt I would pay it much attention, personally I prefer Google+, possibly because the postings in my circles tend to be more interesting and far less trivial than on Facebook. Social Networking has become a way of life that works for me and that – in combination with attending my place of employment – I find perfectly satisfies my needs for social interaction. I have posted several times on aspects of social networking, indeed I have just found an earlier post on exactly this topic. At the risk of being repetitive here is that earlier post…Asperger’s Social Groups!

When I received my diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome Ann Marie Gallagher made various recommendations one of which amused me, “To give details of Strathclyde Autism Societies social groups”. I laughed, my wife responded with, “Isn’t that Facebook?” On reflection I must admit I have embraced Social media as an acceptable substitute for face to face interaction. Social media give us an opportunity to exchange ideas without the discomfort of normal social interaction and allow us to communicate what matters to us and ignore the bits we find irrelevant.

I love blogging it is the place where I can organise my thoughts and turn them into expressible opinions. I am very clear that my primary purpose in blogging is to inform myself, if other people derive some benefit from my blogs it is a happy side effect. At this point I should perhaps thank those of you who have been kind enough to comment kindly on my blogs, actually I suppose I should thank every one who has commented regardless. As I have admitted recently I use blogging as a tool to recognise my own thought processes as much of the time they are amorphous and only become concrete to me when observed from the third person position. Also the process of blogging frequently stimulates recall – I have a great memory but patchy recall.

I use Twitter to share information I have found useful generally by posting a link or re-tweeting a tweet containing a link so that the original twitterer gets due credit. I use Google Reader to subscribe to several blogs – several of which are autism related – and I then pass on any links I think people will appreciate. I hope people are deriving benefit I am on several people’s lists so I think I must be doing some good. I also use Twitter to comment on life and to ask questions. I really appreciate people who tweet useful links – some perhaps for commercial reasons – people can be very generous with their time and knowledge.

My Facebook page (Rory Patton) I use primarily to interact with people I know. They are described as friends but I must admit there are few with whom I socialise. It is useful to keep up with family and the direct message facility I find very useful. I haven’t worked out how to avoid messages about games which are largely irrelevant to me. Facebook is a great place for passing on information and for campaigning. I particularly appreciate people who share their enthusiasms and have watched many YouTube videos they have posted of obscure singers, Indian dance and Mountain climbing amongst other things. There are privacy issues with Facebook at the moment – my advice is check your settings carefully.



Autism Awareness:Mature Autism – How I cope with Aspergers

Today a piece on living with Aspergers.

I have been asked if I have any coping tips for adults with Aspergers. I think I should start by saying that I have had a serious advantage having been born in the early Nineteen-Fifties and also having been sent to an English Public School – Giggleswick – for my education which provided me with the discipline I needed to get through my childhood.

The benefit of a diagnosis of Aspergers is that it provides a context for one’s behavioural problems. The first coping tip I have is get your diagnosis confirmed and – only AFTER your diagnosis – start researching Aspergers. Become aware of your behaviours that differ from society’s norm, then you can can act on them.

Second and third tips. You are you and you can choose whether you wish to try and conform to the norm or not. Whatever you choose there will be consequences, but you’ve got Aspergers so you don’t recognise consequences. However consequences are real and manifest in how you are treated by others. As an Aspie you probably have the advantage of an aptitude for logical thought given the time. So the second tip is to logically assess your behaviours and calculate their consequences. The third tip is only to make those adaptations you want to, it doesn’t matter if you are thought odd as long as you can live as comfortably as you want. Do we really care what others think, do others really think? (Asperger joke)

The fourth tip is develop structure. I find my day goes best when I have fixed points of reference. My day is comprised of routines and alternative routines which depend on circumstances, the more eventualities you have planned for the less chance of being thrown by an untoward event.
Routines are crucial and can be applied to most of life, personal hygiene, domestic chores, travel, work, visiting the cinema, etc.

Be prepared is my fifth tip following on from number four. Perhaps I am extreme in my preparations, (http://springingtiger.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/mature-autism-be-prepared/ )having many pockets full of things I may need, but probably won’t. What is certainly true is that a little preparation can help you cope with sensory problems, if you have your earplugs and dark glasses in your pocket – or handbag – you may well be able to respond positively to an invitation to go for a drink.

Which brings us on to socialising. You are not obliged to socialise unless it is part of your job and if you’re an Aspie you probably don’t have that sort of job! The key to social events is to control them. Know how long you are prepared to put up with people and have an excuse ready so you can leave when you need. I prefer events with a purpose and a structure from which I can extricate myself easily. I love my quiz night because having done the bit I really enjoy I don’t upset the team if I go and leave them having fun. I went to a family wedding last year which I enjoyed because it was structured and I was mixing with people with whom I am familiar. Locate quiet places to which you can retreat to have a break from the bustle.

When it comes to information processing be aware of your difficulties and adapt to them. Twitter and Facebook are easier to handle than instant messaging because you have time to think and edit before responding. If you are on a course use a tape-recorder and make notes than – if it’s important enough – you can review what you are supposed to have learned. I keep getting into trouble because I forget to review, largely because I tend to forget there is anything to review because it hasn’t caught my focus in the first place.

A good tip immediately note down things you will have to do later, I use my phone’s calendar, but there are lots of widgets for Google or apps for your phone you can use. Develop a routine, identify task, note task, set alarms. Later when alerted you can use mind-mapping and project planning to actually move on the task.

Get support, there are people who will help you if they understand what you need. Locate them and drop the rest (Asperger joke).

Final tip use the internet – I know you’re an Aspie, you live in cyberspace – but I do mean USE the internet. There are plenty of resources online, you will find many linked on Twitter try @springingtiger. http://springingtiger.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/autism-awareness-my-autism-twitter-list/

If I had to put one tip as my number one it would be develop and use routines.



Autism Awareness: My Autism Twitter List.

So here we go again, another Autism Awareness Month Whoopee (yes that is sarcasm, I think, but it might just be despair, I don’t really know) If I recycle material I may even get a blog out every day despite my unexpectadly busy schedule! Today I am merely sharing my autism Twitter list, it is possible that some of these people are no longer posting, and I do not have time to turn them into hyperlinks. Search for them on Twitter! I’ve bolded a few to whom I personally pay special attention or for whom I have a special regard, although perhaps I shouldn’t have as I must have overlooked a few.

@talkaboutautism @concert4autism @autismbuttons @JaysChallenge @ParentingSPD @AutismNow @gummylump @donna_williams @AutismTips @DebDockery @KristenMcNally @Trishinspace @PeterBrownPsy @KidSpecialNeed @Laanetweets @TheCoffeeKlatch @AutismisnotBoss @living_autism @joinsocialmedia @DiamondLanguage @SpiritOfAutism
@LornadEnt @TannersDad @AutismMomExpert @centerforautism
(home schooling @homeschoolcurr @ZanePublishing @HSAdvantage @Homeschool_Mom) @Autisable @brightmindLABS @AUTISMDR @NMTAutism @kevleitch @epilepsymoms @Aspieadvocate @UniteAutism @utalkautism @autismsymptoms @FroggyPrinceMom @FunandFunction @jeffslife @TASHTweet @AutismSheri @AutismAtHome @GemmLearning @emotionalgrowth @deenelee
@asppymom @AweInAutism @asteens @asdhelp @billgoodyear @LearnBright @cdwatts @PositiveAutism @alisterx @tamanthak @aspergerontario @ttfoundation @EllasGarden @Autism_Today @AZAutismDad @SkillSprout @NatAutisticSoc @NASEventsteam @AutismOptimism @autismsigns @OKSpecialNeeds @k_5remediation @lizditz @IntListSys @s_daVanport @oaacare @shannonrosa @autismfather @asparenting @angmoore8426 @autismthings @autistichildren @outoutout @jennyalice @mamabegood @anne_barbano @Giftedmum @ParentHelp911 @oaaplay @DevelopDiscover @JenTroester @AutismRadioUK @ChildAnxiety @LynneSoraya @aspireprez @AutismDiaries @AutismWomen @autismfamily @kwombles @gwenbw @RobertMoranLA @usofautism @SNAPPIN_MIN @Jhotvedt2 @rntammyp @RobStriekwold @parentingautism @MsMaggieMarie @samandboo @thinkingautism @moonandbackbead @AutismList @JHolverstott @AutismAlan @newportgroup @AmandaBroadfoot @ProgramBuilders @theautismnews @BhudLion @LaGloria @autismhome @SS_specialneeds @JennyFord901 @MoDazla @ArevaM @HanSooTaekwondo @GRASP_ORG @DadsinHeaven @good_boy_roy @world_of_autism @LifeIsASpectrum @CommunityLiving @UF4Autism @rethinkautism @alex_speaks @ShopSensory @jershane @Blue Hijab Day @Aspierations@savvymum4 @aspergers2mom @MsMaggieMarie @AspieTribe @CrystalJigsaw @jamieizskye @leechbabe @GarryBurge @KathleenPlankA @AutisticNation @BeyondAutism @BethLayne
@KandKofABD(Autism Blogs Directory) @sos4parents @teromakotero @ASPBRIGGA @swalton47 @chemer2010 @alex_speaks @Aspergers_nyc @autisminoz @conniehammer @stevenmannette @robehickman
@Joeandrasi93 @ShaneStolar @freena @lifewithAutism1 @ImproveAutism @Autismmyson @SpectrumES @fondalo @Money_hog @AlleviateAutism @mylindaelliott @123NumberFun @Lostlodger1@AUTISMinMAINE @Watchudoing @CubanBroad @LifeMyWayIL @RFTRCharity@strongria @SpecialNeedClub @samanthabattis @suzycombs @SP3CTRUMDOTCOM @tamicgaines @jennybronder @adevine1 @Cooldifference @HOPELightMedia @MusicalAutist @BusyOT @aimeekessler @MarkAldiss @traumanewell @swansong1972 @StevieBobbie @mor_autismo @planetaspie @jen_jen_jenzen @MamasTurnNow @RichardColburn @TeresaOliver @AutismPDA @AspieTravel @WeAreTERI @SPED123 @anikto @JanineKiely @1SocialNews @PaulH672 @cwalkman @ES55MEE @DavidKaufer @AnnaKennedy1 @HardAspie @scfMITO @sharonsweb @HFLifeMom @DMDoyle1 @MIFinAdvocate @ChamberOfHope @Aspergers911 @RGAutism @MetroToyDrive @ASD_specialist @Mysonseth @autismisme @bigdaddyautism @KamransHouse @tipsautismmom @LUVkidswautism @AutismAnnounce @Aspergersfacebk @Steve_JKPbooks @autismmom268 @feebeeglee @lilliepadkids @Sarah_Jenkinson @AutismLoveHope @rganderson_ @HabitsparkADHD @AutismTweetable @pussinboots2009 @semfield @aliciadalheidis @AnnetteHeidmann @phoebemonkey @dannyswish @AspergerAlec @AspieCraig @A__Rhodes @_JamiJ_ @Asperger_Mom @BobbiSheahan @KarlBough @MyTalkTools @Lightwriter_ @shutupradio @Neurogames @FamilyNetworkTV @Abigaileav @canadaspeech @AutismEd @NeuroBooks
@eFamilyTV @OskaBright @music4awareness @DisabilityJobs @ENABLEScotland @Spectronics @MyTownTiggers @ChrisVacek @phoebewonderlan @ILT2012 @COVD @LaurenRiess @graceapp @iPads4autism_ie @ihelpspecneeds @BrainBalanceGA @ClaireEFT @ListenToMePleas @John__Soriano @ProjectOptimal @Train4Autism @amyamesmusic @LifeAgitator @RockTheAutism @NeuralEssence @thestoryofluke @SBforautism @InSource2010 @AutismEye @ABATutorFinder @ACTAutismCenter @scottishautism @leah_kelley @PinkOddy @MelindaLSmith @ListonAdvocates @leah_kelley @AutismRailroad @RichWeatherly43 @bohicaback @BusyChica @Dozyhead @SpeechTails @FCMichigan @Hacksperger @YasminDixonfall @GeriDawson @KirstyRussell @lisalisa @Gillw23 @square_route @dswalkerauthor @whitkayleon @AspieSide @SpcialNdsJungle @AutismOntLdn @KVAdaptive @ValOD1 @ASpecialKidcom @TheHelpGroup @LetsCelebr8 @GabriellaBurman @TESLosAngeles @KAspergersMom @kerima_cevik @DebStokes @WhacamoleLife @achievebeyondus @bubblegumcari @GarciaMelissa21 @2withautism @AutismONT @ABALiverpool @AutismSocial @ArtJasncas @DanniesDilemmas @deerwendy @lovinglampposts @AmbitiousAutism @GlutenFreeBirds @marimouth @GiantStepsIL@agileassyst @AspergersGuide

Spectrum adults @RichardHCooper @autismcrisis @AuRtist @josephwcarrillo @KalmaW @AspieTeacher @donna_williams @outoutout @olderbrother21 @AutismIsARose @Glitteraxolotl @AlecWisner @liquidc2 @JoJo_Nash @Secret_Aspie@ErrolChin @Soundless2 @aliciadalheidis @AutismCandles @senioraurora @earlyautism @AspieMum @Gretchenleary @AspieKid



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April 17, 2011, 09:04
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I love QuickPress! It sits on my WordPress dashboard for when I have something to say, but don’t have the time, energy or inclination to write a full blog. It bridges a gap between Twittering and blogging. It’s one of those little details that makes me so glad I use WordPress. If Twitter is for micro-blogging QuickPress is for midi-blogging.



How to Converse with an Aspie on Twitter

Many people happily post tweets along the lines of “@whoeveryouare Big thanks” just that, no #hashtags and no details. Many people read those tweets and understand them in their entirety. I have problems, on the other hand. I find it difficult to follow through a thread because tweets are disconnected. In the days of newsgroups each posting contained all the previous posts on the thread so it was immediately obvious to what each post referred. I find it impossible to follow the live conversations on @thecoffeeklatch Twitter forum, fortunately it is possible to read them through later although not to participate.

If you are conversing with an Aspie – well with me, anyway – it would be really useful if you were to include some reference to the subject. One hundred and forty characters may not allow much of a reference, but even a #hashtag can give an indication of the subject.

People are often warned that Aspies are very literal which is true. However I think most adult Aspies have learned a stock of idioms – I have – and understand metaphor. Sarcasm is harder to appreciate particularly in writing so if someone writes, “So glad to be at work dealing with idiot customers!” I tend to assume they mean what they write, I just assume they derive pleasure rather perversely. I suppose the best advice is, Where there is a possibility of misinterpretation go literal.

Facts are good and so are links to factual articles. Airy faerie content will probably be ignored, we like our content to be logical and preferably empirically demonstrable. We like learning useful things, celebrity gossip is not useful.

I realise in all the above comments I am talking about myself, I tend to assume that what is true of me is true of everyone. Perhaps I should re-title the piece, “How to Converse with Springingtiger on Twitter – or anywhere else for that matter.”




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