When I signed up for Twitter, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I really thought it would be a shortened version of Facebook. I loved being on Facebook because it allowed me to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in decades. And I found that I could have meaningful relationships with these old friends despite the distance of time and space. Surely Twitter would be an extension of that.
Anyone who uses Twitter knows how wrong I was. Twitter is a whole different animal. It has a stream of consciousness feel to it. Once you find the people you want to follow, it’s easy to sit back and read. No interaction is really required particularly if your stream is filled with news feeds or celebrities.
But you are missing out if that’s where you stop. The interaction I have had with people I have never even met has been surprising. It’s a great community of people who welcome you openly just because you have chosen to follow them. I have been challenged intellectually, professionally, and politically. My involvement on Twitter has caused me to really think about what I feel, think and believe. Having to keep your thoughts to 140 characters forces you to be accurate and on point.
My Twitter experience has even pushed me to do something I have wanted to do but never got around to doing. This is my first entry in my blog. And because of Twitter, I’m sure it won’t be my last.