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Homemaking revolutionary Martha Stewart wanted to make one thing crystal clear: She’s stone-cold sober when she tweets.
“I do my own tweets. And you know, if you make a typo — Martha makes a typo! — they think I’m drunk,” Stewart said, speaking onstage with Re/code co-executive editor Kara Swisher at the first Makers Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Tuesday.
“I was an early adopter of Twitter,” Stewart said. “But I can’t get over the three-million mark. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I think I need a daily television show again, because that really does help you.”
The first female self-made billionaire, Stewart has an active social media presence that she maintains by herself. An entrepreneur and “maker” since before the terms were trendy, she has stayed hyper-involved with technology, keeps a small museum of her old electronics at home and sits in the front row of tech conferences, taking notes.
And she’s pretty sure that technology might need her now. She has built an empire by helping working women keep beautiful homes, but there’s one increasingly prevalent and unattractive problem in even the loveliest homes: Chargers.
She stepped on stage (wearing precarious cork-heeled wedges) carrying a large purse containing nearly a dozen electronic devices that she carries for various iterations of talking, texting and blogging.
The gadgets — and their attendant snarls of cables and plugs — were kept inside a large Ziploc bag. “I have a nicer bag,” Stewart noted.
“Look how long this is,” she said, extracting a Samsung notebook and its charger. “What do you need this for?”
Stewart continued unpacking her daily tech — her MacBook charger, her iPhone and BlackBerry chargers, her Sony camera charger — until they made a pile on her lap. She stretched them out, tossed them around and looked at the audience, aghast.
After putting the cords away, Stewart said she had also been thinking lately about doing an autobiography, which she hadn’t started but had named: “Let Me Entertain You.” When Swisher asked if she would want to retire, Stewart balked.
“There’s still too much to do,” she said, before walking offstage with her overflowing handbag.