I’m not quite sure how it happened. I thought I would join to connect with some writers and find out what advice or information I could find that might help me with my writing. First, it was a few tweets here and there. Then it quickly became so much more. With every passing day I am tweeting more, reading more tweets, retweeting, finding tweeps to follow. It’s like I’ve suddenly fallen down the rabbit hole and now I’m chasing a blue bird to find out what is next.
I have spent quite a bit of time on my home computer these past few weeks. Time well spent looking into writing opportunities and job options. However, because I am at the computer for so long, it gives me ample time to toggle back and forth between two windows, one, of course, occupied with a Twitter screen.
As I sit and ponder how this addiction became so rampant, it was easy to see why. I started with a purpose and when I found so many interesting people to follow, it spread like a shockwave to other topics. I began following bloggers, celebrities, and sometimes even random people for no reason other than the fact that they might make me laugh. There are also many resources to follow like news, charities, and even accounts that provide Green information.
So, what does it all mean? What purpose does it serve? Well, for someone like me, who spends most of her day at home with the kids, it’s an incredibly easy way to reach out to people in a way that I never could before. I can socialize in a whole new way without having to worry about the annoying “what do you do?” small talk. I can find out the latest news and ways to contribute to charities. I connect with people all over that I never would have had the chance to meet in person. Incredible people that are thoughtful, funny and appreciative of the lives they lead. These are the types of people that I always want to surround myself with, but can’t find at the local Target while I’m too busy shopping anyway. If I like what they have to say, I follow them; if not, I unfollow. It’s that simple. There’s no getting-to-know-you interference. If you want to know someone, read their tweets. There’s no break up awkwardness. When you no longer enjoy their rants or care what they are eating for breakfast, you push one button and ties are severed. It is “Friendships for Dummies” in a whole new light.
Thank you, Twitter, for providing me with the easiest way ever to find, meet and converse with people I actually want to talk to. Now if I could only find an “unfollow” button for some of the people I meet face to face.