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29 April 2008

Chirping Twitter's praises 

OK, so when I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon last August, I was skeptical -- looked like a lot of boring chatter. And who would possibly be interested in anything I had to "tweet" about, anyway? But after nearly 9 months of twittering, I've changed my tune.

First, Twitter is an excellent way to follow trends and listen in on topics of popular conversation (rather like hanging out at a virtual water cooler), and I now use Twitter more than site feeds to see what's shakin' on the Intertubes.

I've also found that, while it can be hard for me to hammer out a whole blog post here, it's way easy -- and a heckuva' lot less daunting -- to dash off bitty 140-character updates. Plus, it's a quick way for me to remember articles, videos, and music for my own future reference. For example, when I hear a piece by a composer I'm not familiar with, I'll post a quick tweet like this one:

One of my tweets about listening to Manuel de Falla's 'Seven Popular Spanish Songs'

Then before I head out to the library to check out CDs, I'll look through my Twitter archive for ideas.

Even better than all the above, though, is that, thanks to Twitter, I've had the opportunity to meet and get to know lots of wonderful folks I otherwise wouldn't have. And for folks I already knew, it helped me learn more about them. It's great for following their daily routines, seeing when they're sick, stressed-out, happy, excited, struggling with pokey technology, figuring out what to cook for dinner ... all the little details that go into making up their lives but that you normally wouldn't hear about.

So, if you're on the fence about giving Twitter a spin, I encourage you to give it a try! (And give a holler if ya do.) :-D

If ya still need more convincing on just what in heck Twitter is all about and why it's of value, see the following:

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and it gave you one more reader to your blog! sr_mary

29 April, 2008 19:04  
Blogger Lisa, sfo said...

Aww, thank you Sr. Mary! I'm especially grateful to have gotten a chance to meet you thanks to Twitter! :-)

29 April, 2008 21:33  
Blogger Christopher Humphries said...

I like twitter. Can't believe I've been on for a year already. It is really an amazing medium for social networking, even though it seems simple and pointless on the surface.

Glad to be hooked up with you on Twitter!

29 April, 2008 23:45  
Blogger Lisa, sfo said...

The feeling's mutual, Christopher! :-)

30 April, 2008 09:20  

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