I’ve been using Twitter for three or four years now. I don’t in any way, shape or form claim to be an expert Tweeter. Though I do well understand that Twitter is all about conversations. I only have a bit less than 400 followers. Yet I actually know most of these people. I’ve visited their blogs and chatted with them on various websites and forums. In many cases I know their spouses names and their children’s names. Some of the publicists, publishers staff and authors in my TweetStream are a bit more professional contacts than friends, but again I do really know most of these folks.
As I said, I know that Twitter is all about conversation, and I have developed a pretty fair knack for having real back-and-forth conversations in 140 character blips. (If only there had been a college course in editing down to 140 characters back when I was in college— would have saved me nearly 4 years of experimentation and discovery.) My activity level on Twitter has certainly had its ups and downs over the years. There have been days when I tweet and tweet and tweet all day and other days when I just couldn’t be bothered. But yesterday and today as I (SHHH!!! don’t tell) prepare to launch a quirky new site in collaboration with a dear new friend, I found myself reaching out to people I haven’t spoken to much in ages, calling in favors, exchanging re-tweets. I found that Twitter enabled me to put my name and handle in front of a whole bunch of people– in preparation for the big launch which we will be doing in a week or two.
Today, I find myself falling in love with social media all over again– excited and thrilled by all of the great friends and acquaintances I interact with online and looking forward to a future in which the sky is the limit. Thank you so much for being part of my online ‘family’.