My friend and life coach Shannon Wilkinson convinced me a couple of weeks ago to give Twitter a try. Until I spoke with her, I didn’t get it. Why would I want to post short little messages to a social networking site? And why would I want to read what others were posting? Sounded like kind of a time suck to me. Somehow I felt a little too old for it (which turned out to be ridiculous).
But Shannon was so enthusiastic—and I trust her judgment so much—that I decided to give it a shot. She recommended using Tweetdeck as a platform on which to read Twitter, so I downloaded it immediately. I looked at the folks she was following (in Twitter parlance, you subscribe to people’s updates by following them) and signed up to follow some of them. I found the Twitter names of some of my favorite organizers (like Erin Doland, Scott Roewer, Geralin Thomas, John Trosko, Krista Colvin, Brandi Kajino, Lori Marrero and Allison Carter) and immediately started following them. Then, to my surprise, people started following me!
And I’m starting to get it. It’s quick and easy to glance at the updates from my network. Often there are links to great websites, blog posts, and resources I might not have otherwise seen. I’m getting to know these folks a little better, it feels. Blogs are more personal than websites and tweets (Twitter posts) generally feel more personal than blog posts.
I’m still challenged about what to post myself. But I know I’ll get into the swing of it.