Commentary on Twitter from Nancy Giles on CBS Sunday Morning

Posted By on March 29, 2009

Congratulations Lee and Sachi LeFever. I saw your Common Craft video being used on the CBS Sunday Morning program during the commentary segment with Nancy Giles; CBS did used the ‘paid’ version I hope?

I’m not sure I the innuendo that a Twitter user  might be a”Twit” is correct (“Tweep” might be correct though)Twitbut like many people who focus some of their time on technology and Internet world, I’m starting to get a little Twitter burn-out myself.


Then again, there is a certain weirdness with the recent viral Twitter phenomenon. I think it may just crash and burn when the next ‘geek’ trend arrives — I wonder what it will be?

ADDED after posting: Someone sent me this clip and thought it was enjoyable enough to include.


  • Thanks for posting about this Rich – it was the first time I’d seen the segment. CBS didn’t contact us – I just woke up this morning and heard about it. We’re happy about the exposure, but permission and/or attribution would have been nice.

  • Good to hear from you Lee. Keep the excellent ‘teaching’ tool videos coming.

  • Great post! Funny that at least according to this blog post and Lee’s comment above, CBS didn’t at least ask for permission to use the Common Craft video for the segment. My problem (in addition to that) is that it was clearly not well researched. The Trouble with Twitter animation is wonderful because it had the pulse and understanding of how Twitter is used and poked fun at the general narcissism of social media in general. That’s what makes it funny.

    The piece on CBS Sunday Morning just comes across as someone railing against a new technology they don’t understand. As Mike Langford pointed out on my blog post about this same subject “I bet if we looked we’d find similar pieces done about cell phones when they first started being adopted by large numbers. I can remember hearing people say “I don’t want people to be able to call me when I’m out.”

  • jimbreen

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.