I tweet. I've become a tweeter.
I dipped my toe in some time back, and really, it was all an experiment. I didn't get it, which is partly why I did it. Really, what's the point in turning your life into a series of 140-character headlines?
- "Headed to the store."
- "At store now. Got my favorite space! Lucky lucky."
- "Driving. Lots of cars. Wow."
- "Back from store now. Bought some bananas. On sale! Woot!"
But 500-something tweets later, I'm a believer. True, at its worst, Twitter can be droll and monotonous. But when it's good, it's fascinating. Forget all the stuff about building a following and self-promoting and blah blah blah yada yada. Here's what I love about Twitter:
Learning. Listening. Seeing it all from a completely different perspective. Stepping into someone else's shoes and taking in their take on the world. Twitter gives me the unprecedented ability to follow along with fascinating people who do not see the world as I do. It's broadened my understanding of the human experience, in all its many shades and flavors, and my appreciation for the beautiful mess the lot of us are.
Take Iran's recent election catastrophe, for example. When the government tried to silence all media reporting on the violence, a few brave citizens in Iran tweeted in defiance, giving the world a play-by-play of what was happening in the streets in nearly real-time. Amazing. That act alone has created in me, and I know in many others, a keen solidarity with the Iranian people that I'd never know otherwise.
That's just one example. I also follow others on Twitter who live in worlds quite apart from mine: famous actors & musicians, atheists, Buddhists, gays & lesbians, Christian leaders and folks from other ethnic communities. (Oh, and actual real-life friends. That part is cool too.) Here's a snippet of a recent stream:
The point is, I'm learning. It's fascinating stuff. And yeah, some of it ticks me off. But then, I probably tick them off too. So I say, why not be humble? Why not go first? Find some people who are not like you, who live very different lives from the one that you lead, and follow them. Challenge yourself. Stretch. Love.
Who do you follow on Twitter? Why do you follow them?
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