Social Experiment: Twitter Dad Tuesdays #twitdadtues

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This morning I had some interesting Twitter conversations with a few Dads who are on Twitter about how frustrated their spouses are with them at times. The conversations and threads were brought on by reading through this interesting article (“Moms Everywhere are Pissed Off“) as well as from my own experiences trying to be a “technologist”, a loving husband and a caring and attentive father, all at the same time. What I found out is that I’m not alone out there. My wife views my technology-addiction as “the other woman” and I frequently find it hard to balance out my various “lives” or identities.

To that end, I thought that it would make some sense to “share the love” with other Twitter Dads out there. So I came up with this idea that Tuesdays should be “Twitter Dad Tuesdays.” The idea is to build up the Dad relationships on Twitter. So I started with the Tweet:

Maybe we should make Tuesday’s Twitter Dad Follow Tuesdays! #twitdadtues

The concept being that you would recommend Twitter Dad that should be followed and add a hashtag (#twitdadtues) to be able to track the messages. You can track the progress of this here (on hashtags.org) and here (on search.twitter.com). It’s actually gaining some traction and I hope it continues.

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Moms have a natural way of building up their networks; moms and women are incredibly social and know how to do it in person as well as using other Social Networks (my wife is becoming an expert at Facebook). But dads are learning this social process as well and are getting better at it. Let’s keep the upward trend!

So, if you want to participate in this social experiment, here is what you need to do:

  • Every Tuesday, find a Twitter Dad or two that you know and want to share with others
  • Write a Tweet that has their name in it (e.g., @hightechdad) and the hashtag “#twitdadtues”
  • Look for or view the keyword/hashtag “twitdadtues” and follow some of the Twitter Dads you see coming through the Twitter stream
  • Any Dads that follow you, be sure to thank them!
  • Repeat!

An example Tweet:

Great guy to follow is @hightechdad because he melds technology and being a dad #twitdadtues

Update on 03.03.09 – #twitdadtues is gaining some traction. I also recommend, if you are a Twitter Dad, that you follow @twitterdads as well as join the group on Ning called: “TwitterDads”. Info on the group is here.

Do your part (as a Dad, or caring Wife or Mom or even a child) and keep this movement going forward! Retweet this or give it a Digg!

HTD Says: Are you a Twitter Dad? Tweet that you are proud of it and follow other Twitter Dads out there!

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12 Responses

  1. Love this idea. Another great way to build connections on Twitter based on similar interests/experiences. Why shouldn't being a dad be one of them? Following you on Twitter to join in next Tuesday. :)

  2. Love this idea. Another great way to build connections on Twitter based on similar interests/experiences. Why shouldn't being a dad be one of them? Following you on Twitter to join in next Tuesday. :)

  3. Thanks for the comment and the follow on Twitter. Even though it's Friday, I followed you back with a #twitdadtues tag. See you (and others hopefully) next and future Tuesdays!-HTD

  4. Thanks for the comment and the follow on Twitter. Even though it's Friday, I followed you back with a #twitdadtues tag. See you (and others hopefully) next and future Tuesdays!

    -HTD

  5. Great idea! We can use the #twitdadtues hashtag like the #followfriday tag and recommend Dads to follow. I'll be RT'ing this today.

    Thanks,
    Troy

  6. Great idea! We can use the #twitdadtues hashtag like the #followfriday tag and recommend Dads to follow. I'll be RT'ing this today.

    Thanks,
    Troy

  7. Thanks Troy. That is exactly what I'm envisioning. I appreciate spreading the word!-HTD

  8. Thanks Troy. That is exactly what I'm envisioning. I appreciate spreading the word!

    -HTD

  9. Love it. My wife calls my i-Phone the other woman…although she acknowledges that I ALWAYS know the weather forecast.

  10. Love it. My wife calls my i-Phone the other woman…although she acknowledges that I ALWAYS know the weather forecast.

  11. I hear ya. My tech is “the other woman” but my wife gets many of the benefits! Thanks for spreading the word.

  12. I hear ya. My tech is \”the other woman\” but my wife gets many of the benefits! Thanks for spreading the word.

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