Twitter works. For me.
I’ve been on LinkedIn longer (hint: you wanna job – you gotta be on LI.) I’ve tried FB but deleted my account (OMG! YOU DONT HAVE FB?! – no; I don’t have a television either and I’m still alive.)
Pinterest, affinity boards, college clubs, etc. I love trying out platforms (to the marketers out there – I am the classic early adopter) and testing things.
But Twitter works for me.
Because I can see the real you
Don’t get me wrong – lots of SoMe platforms can help you and have their place. I use them and like them.
But on Twitter I get personal versus posing. Talk versus script. Essentials versus key words.
You see, I am one of those foolish people that just start out assuming everyone is good – whatever good means to them – and honest and really trying to contribute is some way to a better world. That people are more or less who they say they are.
I know – stupid!
But that’s okay. Because while on other platforms people (including me) spend hours fine-tuning and clarifying and focusing their on-line presence, as one should, on Twitter you can’t fake it. Not for long.
You either have something to say that adds value or you don’t. And I guess everyone can find a constituency that believes they add value. Twitter is democracy. A little messy perhaps, but still the best system I’ve found to connect people around the globe.
Are there fakers on Twitter? Bots, posers, users, truly bad people? Yes. You are not in Kansas anymore.
But they are far outnumbered by and easily differentiated from the truly outstanding people reaching out to one and other and offering ideas, assistance, encouragement without greed or recompense.
Why do I think that’s cool?
Cause it matches my world view.
In my head people try to listen and understand, they support each other and they’re constant. The people I hang with on-line – from the 18-year old student to the 69-year old poet – are rock-solid. They’re constant. And though we don’t always agree, we always respect and interact with each other in a caring way.
Especially when we disagree come to think of it…
So it goes.
By now you know this isn’t really about Twitter – which I do use and like – its about being real and offering of yourself and knowing that where ever you are and whatever you do, you have value.
And that the real you is the person we want to see.