3 years ago, I opened a Twitter account as part of a new job as a communications strategist. Prior to this, Facebook was pretty much the extent of social media I regularly used. Entering the trendy Twittersphere has brought me a bit of good-natured grief from my way cooler young adult children, but I stand my ground.
Twitter reminds me of how I felt first reading Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
I have learned so much from the folks I follow on Twitter (and by default, the folks they follow). They are writers, musicians, theologians, moms, social activists, film makers, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists and athletes. Even how I take in world news is now affected by how these I follow comment on events. It’s surprising how rich a 140-character opinion can be, especially when I am pointed to a link that fills in the rest of the story.
In a world gone texting, a 140-character tweet is really quite substantive.
For the unconvinced of those friends of mine, I want to introduce you to some of the people I follow…just a few, there are many more. What I learn from them each day is well worth the time spent on Twitter. It, like all other social media, can be addictive, so it’s wise to be judicious in how often you check Twitter, but, again, I am thankful for these voices. They have helped me thrive in this world of so many messages. For with Twitter, like Facebook, I choose who I learn from, rather than being bombarded with so. much. noise.
Here are just a few of those I follow and their recent tweets:
McFarland, USA is a feel-good, inspirational and family-friendly movie–you take your whole family to see it. #supporthegoodstuff
#TED2015 begins in 3… 2… 1…
[CAFO – Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit April 30-May 1, Nashville, Tn.]
I’m pretty sure the New Jerusalem will be a bit like middle Tennessee today; 78, sunny & 30% humidity.
Amazing photos of a Pacific island nation just devastated by a monster cyclone http://read.bi/1HVSivB
Repentance has a fragrance; hypocrisy, a stench. http://ow.ly/KmjTB
Video Overcoming Depression-Anxiety A Responsibility Paradigm (Step 9 of 9) http://www.bradhambrick.com/anxiety9/ STEWARD all of my life for God’s glory
Fantastic piece on Writing: Rejection and Community
@RachelPiehJones http://www.djiboutijones.com/2015/03/writing-rejection-and-community/ … #writing #Mondayblogs
Study: Parents who are absorbed by smartphones have more negative interactions with their children http://yuan2.us/288
Drew Daywalt retweeted
The crayons are coming! The crayons are coming! The Day The Crayons Quit Is getting a sequel: http://bit.ly/1LLRLi6