Not long after I started my first blog in 2007, I saw other bloggers using something called Twitter. I didn’t get it at all.
I could’t figure out why people were writing to each other (or to no one in particular) in one-sentence bursts.
But then I got sucked in.
I created an account, learned how to follow people and send @replies and was hooked.
Everyone has their own favorite social network, and I’ll tell you up front, Twitter is my favorite.
What’s so great about Twitter?
I asked a few friends to share what they like about Twitter. Here are the top responses:
Laughs. Twitter is loaded with funny people and it lets you see the funny side of your friends and connections. It also lets you show your sense of humor to your followers.
Information. A lot of people hear about news on Twitter before they see it on a website or on TV. In some cases, you can know about a story before the news media even gets hold of it – or – you can be the person to break the story to the media.
Potential. Twitter isn’t an organism, it’s a tool. It can be very powerful and have incredible value or it can be totally useless. Twitter is a fantastic way to quickly gather people around a common concern and move those people to action.
All of those are wonderful things. But do you know what the #1 answer I got when I asked what the best thing about Twitter is?
By a mile, connection with other people is the #1 thing people said they love about Twitter.
Connection is part of the DNA of Twitter.
Twitter allows you to connect with friends, family, authors, athletes, CEOs and singers. If there’s an actor you love, you can peek inside her life and career by following her on Twitter. The same is true for your favorite writers, golfers and TV chefs.
Knowing what I know now – and especially knowing the people I know now – I can’t believe I hesitated to create a Twitter account.
Laughs. Information. Potential. Connection.
What’s YOUR favorite thing about Twitter?