“What I learned from my mother and hers”
Early in T/Makers life, I was working on a company-defining deal with a major PC manufacturer. We were on track to do about a million in revenue that year: This deal had the potential to bring in another quarter million, plus deliver millions of dollars in the years to come if it went well. It was huge.
The PC manufacturers senior vice president who had been instrumental in crafting the deal suggested he and I sign over dinner in San Francisco to celebrate. When I arrived at the restaurant, I found it a bit awkward to be seated at a table for four yet to be in two seats right next to each other, but it was a French restaurant and that seemed to be the style, so down I sat.
Wine was brought and toasts were made to our great future together. About halfway through the dinner he told me he had also brought me a present, but it was under the table, and would I please give him my hand so he could give it to me. I gave him my hand, and he placed it in his unzipped pants.
Since its inception, our generation has struggled to pin down an answer to the question, What is Twitter? Ive seen attempts at describing Twitter as microblogging, a messaging platform, a broadcasting tool, a social network, an information network, an interest graph, and real-time communication. Twitter, itself, has used phrases such as, the world in your pocket, and more recently, a global town square.
That it hasnt (yet) been holistically and easily describable in a single phrase is part of the beauty of Twitter to me…
You too may have heard or read the quote: “Ive learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The quote is generally ascribed to Maya Angelou.
Some digging however did not reveal an authoritative source for the quotation. Research by Garson O’Toole suggests that the origins of this quotation come from a similar quote attributed to Carl W. Buehner: “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
And in Mr. O’Toole’s conclusion, he believes “the attribution to Maya Angelou is unsupported at this time.”