Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tweeting Away To Margaritaville

I've been using Twitter for three or  four years now.    I don't in any way, shape or form claim to be an expert Tweeter.   Though I do well understand that Twitter is all about conversations.   I only have a bit less than 400 followers.   Yet I actually know most of these people.   I've visited their blogs and  chatted with them on various websites and forums.   In many cases I know their spouses names and their children's names.    Some of the publicists, publishers staff and authors in my  TweetStream are a bit more professional contacts than friends,  but again I do really know most of these folks.

As I said, I  know that Twitter is all about conversation,  and I have developed a pretty fair knack for having real back-and-forth conversations in 140 character blips.  (If only there had been a college course in editing down to 140 characters back when I was in college--- would have saved me nearly 4 years of experimentation and discovery.)   My activity level on Twitter has certainly had its ups and downs over the years.  There have been days when I tweet and tweet and tweet all day and other days when I just couldn't be bothered.    But yesterday and today as I  (SHHH!!! don't tell) prepare to launch a quirky new site in collaboration with a dear new friend,  I found myself reaching out to people I haven't spoken to much in ages,  calling in favors,  exchanging re-tweets.    I found that Twitter enabled me to put my name and handle in front of a whole bunch of people-- in preparation for the big launch which we will be doing in a week or two.

Today,  I find myself falling in love with social media all over again-- excited and thrilled by all of the great friends and acquaintances  I interact with online and looking forward to a future in which the sky is the limit.   Thank you so much for being part of my online 'family'.


Nakeva said...

Conversation and exchange is what one of the many things Twitter is all about! Good to see you getting into a swing of it and enjoying yourself.


PhotosByHank said...

Ahhh, this sounds like my eye opening experience when you showed Empire Avenue! It's great to get a kick in the arse isn't it?

Good luck with the new website Alan.

Libdrone said...

Nakeva, that makes me wonder if you have a blog post somewhere about all of the _other_ things Twitter is all about. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hank, a kick in the arse can indeed be a gift. The new web site is coming along but I don't expect we will be ready to make it public for at least two weeks.