Up until August this year, I had resisted all things Twitter.
I had way too many accounts for online things – I had suddenly gained 2 more email addresses due to joining some volunteer agencies, each coming with their own Google docs pages, and other various online tools such as Basecamp. This was on top of my existing work and personal email accounts, obligatory Facebook account, LinkedIn account, and memberships to other online networking sites such as http://www.ygenclub.com, of which I had taken up blogging for, and so forth.
I was drowning in a sea of social media.
As it happens, I took the plunge. I signed up to get a Twitter account. The main, and now I think of it – the ONLY reason I signed up was to meet one of the ‘criteria’ for the Young Women’s Leadership Program I was taking part in. One of the 9 challenges we needed to complete was to set up our online profile – which included a Twitter account.
Now, I didn’t know much about Twitter. I knew that Ashton Kutcher was a bit of a tweeter – posting pictures of his wife Demi Moore up for all the world to see. I knew that a few Australian sports personalities had landed themselves into trouble from tweeting some not-so-well thought out ramblings (who shall remain nameless). I basically knew what the ‘news media’ told me – and it just sounded trashy!
But, if my mentor was ‘into it’ then it couldn’t be that bad. I mean, she is an amazingly respectable, intelligent, gorgeous woman and I just couldn’t imagine her recommending anything dodgy (shout out to Alicia Curtis).
Retrospect is a beautiful thing. I actually don’t know what I was so worried about! To be completely honest, I have been introduced to a new ‘world’, many new ways of thinking, and so many amazing organisations and people – who are all across the world.
What I have discovered is this:
- Twitter is an amazing marketing tool, especially for a novice blogger like me. I didn’t have much of a hope for a large amount of hits to my blog – if that’s what you call it – but it has already surpassed my expectations by far!
- Twitter connects in with all the other applications – or they connect into it. Whichever way it works. Yes, I know that’s not amazing – as most applications do that these days, but it’s cool!
- It’s a great tool for spreading social awareness. Since joining twitter I’ve learnt that 1 in 3 women across the world will experience violence in their lifetime (stats from the WHO) and I’ve been able to blog with other bloggers for World Kindness Day (thanks to Bloggers Unite – stats from the WHO). I’ve also been able to learn by connecting with Amnesty International, and other organisations which seemingly remove the crap and the fluff that is on the news every night and say it how it is. Mainly, it’s confirmed for me our problems are worldwide – not localised – and we need to stand up and WORK TOGETHER;
- I have ‘met’ some amazing people, who are creative and open-minded, have inspired and helped me in ways I cannot explain…and now we see the Twitter relationships flowing over into LinkedIn, supporting each others endeavours in blogging, art, marketing, etc (Dennis Salvatier, Susan Oakes;
- I’ve learnt how to use Twitter (thanks mostly to info and retweets from @zerocl), and other things – some useful, some useless (but entertaining).
There’s a raft of other things I have learnt, and am still to learn.
As a final thought, I must say, I am extremely grateful for retweets, as every day I stumble upon articles and info so much so that I feel like I am in a constant state of learning, and I LOVE it!