When I joined twitter in Feb 09 I, like many, scratched my head and wondered what I was doing there – but I hung in there and quickly discovered the magic of this valuable social networking platform both from a personal and a business perspective.
Having considered myself a bit of a social media early adopter, being on facebook well before my teen-age step children and any of my friends (thanks to a client from the UK who convinced me it would take on in Australia – oh what foresight), I was like a prize winning pedigree dog suddenly thrust into a cat show and expected to win. What the hell was # and why did it have words following it? How was I ever going to communicate with only 140 characters at my disposal? Is it not voyeuristic following every nuance of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s relationship? Who are the randoms following me and do I follow them back?
I am sure my first tweet was like most first tweets “Okay I’m on twitter now what do I do?” or maybe it was even more banal “This is my first tweet”. I’m tipping it was the latter – clearly originality when in the wildernsss isn’t my strongpoint. In reality I thought my first tweet was probably also going to be my last tweet.
It didn’t take me long to fall head over heels in love with twitter and I found myself even more drawn to the micro blogging site than facebook. It took me longer to fall but I fell harder, much harder.
I fell hard for many reasons not the least being:
- The peeps : I have met and continue to meet fabulous people who I would not usually meet in my “real world” or on facebook, some of whom I have met in person
- The celebs: I am now able to directly tell my favourite authors how much I love their books. I can even kid myself that Warren Buffett is speaking directly to me with his tweeted advise
- The fun: It makes me laugh – I’m not quite sure why but people appear funnier on twitter. Maybe the capping of 140 characters cuts out the waffle or maybe the anonymity makes allowance for a certain irreverence not usually tolerated
- The news: The access to ‘instant news’ stories such as the killing of Bin laden, earthquakes & natural disasters, the track grading at Flemington (okay maybe that is news for a punter) have all been reported on twitter well before traditional media picks it up
- Local Information: You see smoke billowing in your neighbourhood and you only have to type the name of the street and 9 times out of 10 someone will have tweeted about what is happening – mystery sorted
- The Advise: Looking at buying anything from lipstick to a car to computer software you will get a plethora of opinion all assisting purchasing decisions
- Connecting to businesses: Many businesses are now active on twitter – my experience is that companies like telcos and banks give you a quicker answer on twitter and you don’t have to put up with horrendous Green Sleeves on hold music
- Being heard: Modern day biz can no longer get away with bad customer service or dodgy dealings as peeps on these platforms of real time communication does not suffer fools wisely. A successful business listens to their customers on these forums and corrects quickly.
- Oh, and sometimes I just love eavesdropping #justsaying
There are many more things to love about this fabulous social media platform – and these are just the reasons I love it from a personal perspective. And yes it, like everything, also has it’s unloveable qualities – who or what doesn’t?! That is another blog in itself. Share what you like (or not like) about it?