December 8, 2008

Guess Who Just Joined Twitter?

A job well done my friends.  Thank you for all of your thoughts and highly convincing arguments.  The most effective of which were related to finding a job.  I figure I need all the help I can get, and if tweeting about my joblessness will lead to an actual job, then by golly I will tweet!

And, a special thanks to GeekMommy for the single most convincing argument in converting me to Twitter:

I don't know you. I've never been to your blog before... But I came here via a Twitter link.

The power of Twitter isn't in posting, actually, it's in listening. When we blog, we are effectively pursuing the Internet equivalent of a lecture. We stand behind the podium, deliver our piece uninterrupted, and then have a little Q&A in our comments. (Albeit some folks opt out of the A part and just let other people comment amongst themselves.)

When we twitter, it's a different experience. It's not an uninterrupted soliloquy - it's a conversation. 

More often than not, people use the metaphor of a cocktail party.
Yes, there will always be the weirdo in the corner talking to the plant. There will be the skeezy guy trying to chat you up. There will be the guy trying to sell you something, too. 
But amidst all that stereotypical chatter, there are also amazing people. People who have these incredible ideas and share them. People who have fascinating conversations - but rather than saying "oh, I read something about that on the internet, I'll have to send you the link later" they are instantly privy to it.

You really can't appreciate why we all twitter until you are following and being followed by around 50 people. Then this funny thing happens - you want to log on all the time because you want to hear it.

Am I passionate about Twitter? Yep. Can you tell?

Hope to see you over there.


Thank you again to everyone who took the time to help me see the light about the true usefulness of Twitter.  

Follow me, won't you?


Writer Dad said...

Congratulations! I'll see you over there.

Schmutzie said...

I'm glad you listened to Geekmommy. She's a smart one.

tjhirst said...

Well, I've been hearing about the hype, but thought, I'm on my blog, I'm on my blog, who has time. Then I signed up a while ago and I just still didn't know why and how I need to use it. This is probably the best explanation I've seen so far. Thanks for sharing it.

GEMMERZZ said...

sheesh. GeekMommy has me re-thinking how i use twitter, too. haha.

i'm officially following!

Daisy said...

I'm on Twitter and on Plurk, and Plurk is more conversational. Twitter is all about updates, where Plurk lends itself to longer and more involved conversations. Which is better? I depends on which meets your needs.

carma said...

I'm off to follow you. Let's Tweet sometime. (lame Twitter humor)

Sheila said...

Yay! Another twitter convert. I'm following you.

cuileann said...


That's a great metaphor.

JenX67 said...

what a fantastic argument and metaphor. kudos to geekmommy.