Today is the 1 year anniversary of my Twitter account. Over these last 365 days, I’ve developed a potentially unhealthy, but ultimately rewarding addiction to a rapidly growing and ever useful service.
In this time, I’ve connected with some of the most impressive, incredible people I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with, both online and offline. I’ve also been given the most incredible opportunities, from coffee shop meetings across town to conferences across the country. I learned more about the online marketing industry than any one person could possibly teach me from the people I follow.
I watched some of the most tragic and triumphant moments with millions of others, often from first hand accounts that were shared before traditional media even had time to catch wise. I’ve seen unbelievable acts of kindness. I’ve seen mind-blowing displays of strength. I’ve seen millions of people band together in the face of injustice.
I remember when I first heard about Twitter – I thought it sounded ridiculous, to be honest. Seeing people’s incessant updates on Facebook seemed obnoxious, excessive and incredibly self-involved.. even more so than Facebook stati. However, once I was in the online marketing industry, I figured I may as well give it a shot. There was a lot of buzz about it and I figured that there might be something more than what was on the surface. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Twitter has become an information source and a way to connect with amazing people. If I’m looking for a product or service recommendation, I can ask or search for current, real feedback from people who have tried it firsthand. If I’m stumped about a programming issue, completely lost on a gadget problem, or simply making sure that I haven’t done something stupid that caused a simple error, I can reach out to a ton of people who might know what to do. I keep up with my industry, the world and, most importantly, friends through Twitter. Similarly, I can share what I know, learn and do with my kicka$$ followers.
So thanks, Twitter, for an amazing platform for sharing, informing and learning. But more than that, thanks to everyone who shares their knowledge, experiences, interests, and themselves. YOU are the reason that Twitter is such a valuable communication tool.