Most of the twitter cynic videos are funny, especially these three (at the end of the post)
Truth is, few people I follow use twitter as a response to the platform’s question “what are you doing now?”. And few people I follow offer live commentary on their life (the ones who do, certainly are annoying).
I have found that of all the social networks I use, twitter is the least hierarchical or clustered. Some find this chaotic, I’m glad there is at least one platform so open. I have had a better chance to communicate with top journalists, top professionals from my industry on twitter not only because it is so open but also because of the mood people are in when they sign in on twitter. When one is logged in to linkedin, I assume, one feels too buttoned up and reticent. While on twitter people seem more open to share and reply to a message (only need 140 characters, right?).
I learn about new things in my industry a lot faster because of twitter. I also have the opportunity to immediately learn what someone I look up to just learned (because they shared the link). This is the most important aspect of twitter for me: access+exposure+immediacy.
My behavior is different from others who use it from their mobile phones, but I only open my desktop client when I find something worthy of posting or once or twice a day to check a few posts from my most imp leaders, and any replies to me.
In my last few posts I:
- re-posted a link to google’s latest acquisition which I learned from twitter within a few hours of the news. It matters to me because I like to gather knowledge about a few things I am passionate about. Simple.
- let know that a very good band is playing in my city in a few days
- re-posted a job opening from a lesser known, yet damn cool, company that not necessarily everyone would have known about (countering the claim: “if you are going to retweet, well I can pretty much follow them instead of you.” And that’s the point.)
- Gave an example of one industry event, and asked people if they knew more. Got immediate responses and added 3 more events to my list.
- thanked Gareth Kay of Modernista and Board of Director of the VCU Brandcenter, directly, for coming down to the school and meeting with us students. Maybe I should have sent him an email, but maybe he gets 200 emails a day where 25% of the characters are the formal greeting and introduction parts of an email that the norms of the medium command and he doesn’t have time for that.
My intention with the post is just to highlight some of the benefits I get out of twitter and call a time out on zealous twitter haters who don’t even use it. My reaction to any new trend when I’m found too late to have participated in it is to be cynical about it. Very sincerely speaking, when I joined twitter in April 2008 I entered it feeling, “damn, why wasn’t I already here and I hate everybody who already knows a lot about this and they are so lame for knowing all this, haha nobody cares about this… you guys are so lame. damn, why wasn’t I already here.”
So, to all twitter cynics, there’s some good in this, join in and check it out.
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