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The Shorty Interview
with Mud Baron
What's your best tweet?
Kids who grow and cook vegetables eat vegetables.
What are six things you could never do without?
1. A 6 ft tall dahlia & veg garden to teach in during the summer. 2-6. Not having a food system we can trust is why we work to change it.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
It tells the story of a school garden #plugmob and makes it easy for angels to support our work.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
HootSuite. It's #it! ManageFlitter is pretty rad too. Thank you both!
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter. Oscar Wilde would have been on twitter too, "Brevity is the soul of wit."
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
I try to ignore those but #lessambitiousmovies allowed me contribute "Continental Breakfast Club" 2 the universe.
What feature should Twitter add?
An in-house featured charity-of-the-day. Spotlight one cause and donate 5% of revenue 2 it each day. Crowdsource the cause. Yo, sponsors?
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
LAUSD Food Service Director. I'd IM that to my iPhone, Yo. So would @jamieoliver. Gr8 question!
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Really? I had to swallow 5th grade grammar programming. Who needs vowels or really "2" "4" "&" that were "to's," "for's" and "ands."
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
@jamie_oliver He could be a #tidalwave if his tweets gave specific actionable to-do's. But I got my @chefjoseandres and he rocks!
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Forex traders. SEO tweeps with 14 followers. Strangers with colon cleansing solutions? U get the trend.
Why should we vote for you?
This silly shorty contest is generating pledges for school gardens in 20 cities. Votes translate in2 seeds, plant & garden supply donations.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Interesting 4 whom? @nicoledeb has translated the funding world 2me. Hopefully I make it easier 4 the donor community 2 support kid's gardens
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
These tech thumbs turn kids in2 green thumbs.
What inspires you to tweet?
David Brower, my 1st boss in CA, taught me "if people saw the wilderness, they'd save it". Twitter is like my Ansel Adams/Alice Waters x10!
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
#RECLAIMFOOD report: 540 tweets generated 2,928,600 impressions, reaching audience of 254,109 followers w/in past 24hrs
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Follow. Follow. Follow. Find 10 users you respect/admire. They've curated a library of voices and you'd do well to listen.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I don't have 2 w/Hootsuite. If I really like a post, like this one from @farmigo I schedule it 3x over 3 days.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
#RECLAIMFOOD report: 540 tweets generated 2,928,600 impressions, reaching audience of 254,109 followers w/in past 24hrs
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Change or die? It exists on levels. Savvy users know how2 "filter" out the dreck & get useful tweets. Better/Smarter filter list apps, right?
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@snailwrangler 4 awesome work 2 support school gardens. "Speaking truth to power with tomatoes, carrots aaand dahlias."
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Really? @borowitzreport. I shouldn't laugh but do: @pattonoswalt and @angryblacklady always good for a cry/chortle.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
Folks get the mechanics confused with the content/thematics. Silly name sure, but, #changemakers, the format can drive a powerful narrative.
Why should people follow you?
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@dcck has to be just about my fave #nonprofit. Follow them & @robbetegger. #Food, #jobs, #justice, #service, #schoolfood, #soul.
How do you decide what to tweet?
Why'd you start tweeting?
I was a reluctant convert. That went away... 20,000 followers ago. Now I'm connected to some of the most awesome peeps doing awesome work.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Dude, twitter help me BUILD GARDENS FOR CITY KIDS; From the "profane comes the sublime?" My network of #food tweeps: priceless.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
#ReclaimFood It's our most intimate relationship with the planet we are travelling on and I for one ain't ceding it to agribiz.
How will the world change in the next year?
#Occupy now has branch offices on the farm & on our dinner tables. Good food cannot be taken for granted, especially if you do not have it.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Instagram'ing photos without double-checking the descriptions can make for hellish auto-corrects. Damn you auto-correct.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Gardens give all hope. Growers create abundance. It's a premise of our civilization, agriculture; & a lesson kids need in these scary times.