I just fell back in love with Twitter!
As some of you might remember, I was once one of the world’s top 40 most followed people on Twitter. Then, in January 2009, after being swamped daily with hundreds of DM’s and junk emails via Twitter, I left. I later rejoined after totally wiping my account; zero following and zero followers. Over the past year I have built a small Twitter network, which as you are about to see, is massively more valuable!
Here’s what happened and why I fell back in love with Twitter yesterday…
I was in a small village pub last night, when David Spinks from Scribnia.com contacted me via Twitter. David and I have never met in person, though we have spoken on the phone a few times. Anyhow, David wanted to know if I could help him, to help a Twitter contact of ours, who is having some real challenges right now. By the way, you will be hearing all about this very shortly.
I called David and within an hour, I had spoken with a number of my Twitter friends, to see about getting our mutual friend the help he needs. Everyone I spoke with was eager to get involved. Each of these relationships were initially formed, via contact made on Twitter and I’ve never met any of these people in person.
Twitter at its best
In my experience, Twitter is at it’s best (from an interpersonal point of view) as a way of connecting with people; rather than as a way of building relationships. Once a connection is made, it’s super-easy to take that connection away from Twitter, so you can get to know the person better; either face-to-face, via the phone or email etc.
For example, each of the people I called after speaking with David Spinks, were people I met initially via Twitter, but had built a relationship with away from Twitter; including Scott Gould from Like Minds and The CEO of Headway Themes, Grant Griffiths.
The community of people I know via Twitter, are of massive value to me and last night, the way many of them wanted to get involved and help a guy they have never met, was breathtaking. REAL people, who right now are about to make a REAL difference to the life of a fellow Twitter community member. I have never been more impressed with the value of Twitter or more delighted that I rejoined it.
I’m no social media guru, but surely “people” are what it’s all about?
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