One quiet Friday afternoon about three years ago, I tried Twitter. I set up my account and even put a picture of my dog on it (oh yes I have skills). I found my husband’s account and sent him a tweet (something along the lines of “Hi”). After several minutes he tweeted in response, “Hi”. I waited for the Tweets to come rolling in….waited and waited. I am sad to report that I never received a tweet from another soul. After a week of silence I concluded Twitter was a waste of time and never went back. My account is likely still sitting in some dusty corner of cyberspace with two tired tweets and a picture of my dog.
I had a breakthrough of sorts after Monday’s class. As our guest speaker covered how to set up your account, how to read Tweets, hash tags, @ signs and blue checks I have to admit I was a little lost. She went on to describe the huge value Twitter participants place on participation, contributions and sharing information. I began to appreciate that logging on to Twitter is only a tiny part of the experience. I realized that I was trained by the television era. I wanted to turn on a channel and sit back with my chips and watch while the information was delivered to me and that option does not exist in social media.
After class I did some research on Twitter. I read about the what Twitter is and tips for success there. It was illuminating to realize that every conversation I wanted to have that Friday afternoon exits on Twitter, but reaching out and participating are the keys to finding them.
I am ready to try Twitter again. I will probably post another picture of my dog (I still have those skills) and tweet hi to my husband. But this time I will look around and use the tools I learned to explore, I will join the discussion and not wait for it to come to me. If you see me around say hi, I will probably answer back this time!