poem index

Integrate poetry and technology


April 26, 2004
Printer-friendly version

Why not put some poetry in your email, incorporate favorite lines into your voicemail recording, or share your favorite poems through social media?

Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, have become a great way for readers and writers to share favorite poems or lines of poetry. Change your Facebook status to a line or stanza of poetry, "tweet" a favorite line on Twitter, or use the share button on Poem-A-Day to share today's featured poem with your friends and networks.

Starting a blog (or updating your blog to include poetry during the month of April) is a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month. A simple template like Blogspot or Tumblr makes it easy to have your own internet home. As a spinoff of National Poetry Month, April is also NaPoWriMo (or National Poetry Writing Month). During April, many writers challenge themselves to write a poem every day in April, and post these poems on blogs or personal websites. Why not start your own NaPoWriMo blog and see if you can meet the challenge? You can even designate your blog to be "invite-only" and share with a select group of friends or fellow writers.

Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send. Many people use this feature to add information about their company or inspirational quotes. Why not add a few lines of verse that you particularly love? Below you will find instructions for adding a signature using a variety of email programs.

1. Click Settings in the upper right-hand corner.
2. Type your personal signature in box labeled Signature.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

Your new signature will be displayed in every email

1. Click the Mail Options link in the upper-right area of the page, then click the Signature link under the middle column.
2. Your current signature (if any) will be displayed in the text area.
3. Change your signature by typing over the existing text, or enter a new one by typing in the blank text area. If you're using HTML tags, click the HTML button. (Note: When using HTML in your signature, make sure you click the HTML tags allowed button in the Compose field. If you don't do this, the recipient will only see what is written in plain text.) 4. If you would like the Use Signature checkbox on the Compose Mail screen to be checked by default when composing a new message, click on the Add signature to all messages as default checkbox beneath the text area. (You will still have the option to uncheck this box if you want to send a message without your signature.)

Remember to click the Save button when you're done. This will put your new signature into effect.

1. Go to the Options page.
2. On the left side of the page, click Mail, and then click Personal Signature.
3. Type your personal signature in the text box.

Note: To format the text of your signature, select Show to access the rich-text toolbar.

Additional programs:
Microsoft Office
Apple Mail