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Don Millard (Humorist & Twitter romance success story): Today’s Kaufer Follow Friday Feature Profile

Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Follow Friday Profiles, Politics |

It’s often said how easy it is to take good health for granted and I couldn’t agree more. At this time last week I was blurry-eyed and exhausted, the result of a vicious virus that rampaged through our house, knocking out Ty, Stone and then Renee. Today I feel energized and excited – amazing what a few night’s of uninterrupted sleep does!

Yes it's true, Don found the love of his life while Tweeting!

And so its Friday and time for my weekly Kaufer Follow Friday Feature Profile. This week’s feature is Don Millard, or @otoolefan as he’s known on Twitter. Why is Don one of my favorites? Well, he’s incredibly smart AND funny – two characteristics near and dear to me. And you’ll see this humor in many of his answers below.  It also doesn’t hurt that we basically share the same political views (I’m an abashed progressive/liberal) and  I find myself retweeting some of his posts (he comes up with some great stuff). I’ve toned down my political tweeting fairly dramatically the past year or so as I’ve tried to focus more on other areas such as digital marketing and social media, but I haven’t totally abandoned it. And Tweeters such as Don help keep me informed, engaged and entertained.

One final fascinating tidbit about Don: he and his now partner @liberalchik are the product of a real-life Twitter romance! Don was living in Florida, while Helen was in Oklahoma. Alas, love struck through the tweets and the two are now happily in love and together in Oklahoma. How cool is that?

OK, no more spoilers – here is this week’s profile. Enjoy!

Twitter Name(s):

@Otoolefan

While you don’t use your real name in your Twitter name, it’s not totally anonymous either. Did you consider going totally anonymous?

No. I’ve been anonymous enough in my life.

Which social media networks do you use consistently?

Just Twitter.

What was your “Aha” moment regarding social media (when/why did you decide to become engaged)?

Originally I got on Twitter to connect with an old friend whom I hadn’t talked with in a few years.

How has Social Media impacted you personally? How about professionally?

It’s made a deep impact on both levels. Twitter has put me in touch with all kinds of interesting, intelligent people I would’ve never “met” otherwise. Like YOU. Professionally, it’s inspired me to put together a book of my best tweets & hopefully find a publisher.

What is your day job? I actually have no idea since you seem to keep your professional side separate in your tweets.

I’m currently self-unemployed.

How do you decide what to tweet?

Usually just a reaction to the day’s events or the latest stupidity of the GOP. That keeps me busy most of the time.

Are there any tools you use to stay on top of information and/or to research articles to help support points you’re trying to make?

The internet. Also have a lot of political and history books on hand. It’s one of the ways that our Founding Fathers didn’t work tirelessly to end slavery.

You are not afraid to share your political thoughts on Twitter. Was this your original goal when you began using Twitter or did it evolve over time?

It evolved over time. About two days.

Many people are reluctant to share their political views via social media – while others seem to be the totally opposite. What advice would you give here?

Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind. With Twitter, you’ll find like-minded people in about 2 minutes. A few assholes, too.

Sharing your political views (or information) seems to lead to many confrontations with those who may not agree. You don’t seem afraid to engage in these debates, but have there ever been times when you wished you had not?

Only with those who are Birthers or Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin groupies. I’ve actually become good friends with some reasonable conservatives thanks to Twitter.

How has social media changed your life?

It’s been kind of amazing. 3 of my tweets were read on TV by Keith Olbermann; I’ve done some radio shows; and it led to me finding the love of my life. Not bad for 140 characters.

I confess, I hadn’t checked out your blog closely until this week and only then realized you’re in Oklahoma with pics of @liberalchik. What’s the scoop here??

The scoop is that we’re in love and live together with a spoiled Maltese. We “met” on Twitter. I moved from Florida to Oklahoma to be with her. Without Twitter, none of this would have happened, either. Thanks, Twitter!

Do you think there is a difference in the way progressives and conservatives use social media?

Seems to me that on Twitter, the Right seems to spend much of their time making negative lists of progressives & filling their tweets with more hastags than facts or ideas.

How do you use Twitter? How about Facebook? Do they serve similar or different roles for you?

I use Twitter to get my thoughts & ideas out there & see if they resonate with people. It’s also amazing the way you can often engage journalists, politicians & personalities whom you’d never be able to talk to in “real” life. Twitter is like the great equalizer. It’s very democratic in that respect. I’ve never had much use or affection for Facebook. I just use it for prmoting articles I’ve written on my wordpress site “Tomfoolery with Otoolefan”. www.otoolefan.wordpress.com

Where have you found or learned the best/cool social media tips?

I just tweet.

How do you decide who you’re going to follow?

I look for intelligence and/or humor.

Who’s a better tweeter – you or @liberalchik?

She says I am. I say she is.

What is your most memorable social media experience?

Joe Scarborough calling me on Thanksgiving.

Do you care about the Super Bowl? Who’ do you predict will win?

I like the Super Bowl. It’s always a good excuse to have a party, too. I’ll be rooting for the Packers, but won’t be putting any money on the game.

Have you met any fun/famous celebs?

Years ago, I did a bit of stand up comedy & got to work with Tim Allen, Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner. Also blew off picking up Jon Stewart at the airport to drink with my buddies at Fridays. Who knew he was gonna be a big star? Also studied acting in NYC in the late 80s with the great William Hickey. It was an honor to be in his class and know him. He was friends with one of my heroes: James Dean.

Have you tweeted with many? Which is more fun?

I’ve been amazed at how many I’ve talked to or who follow me or have RT’d me. For me, talking to them on Twitter has been more fun. I’ve had more of chance to exchange real ideas.

Funniest Social Media moment?

Live tweeting my punking of Karl Rove at his book signing event. Especially since he had blocked me on Twitter months before. It was a Twitter event and even got mentioned in The Huffington Post.

Biggest Social Media pet peeve?

New Twitter.

Any parting shots?

No. I’ll stick to Guinness

Thanks for participating!

Thanks for asking!

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