Twitter and Me

being-alive-240x300 Twitter makes me happy because, it is FUN to participate, to discover people, ideas, learn many new things, go to new sites. It is ENGAGING, as I am fully absorbed, in the flow; I'm fully focused and before I know it, it's 3.30 a.m.  It is also MEANINGFUL, adding a value to my life that totally delights, and more importantly, in my world view, Twitter is adding value to humanity.  It is making our world better.

I declare my biases up front:   I'm one of those who look for meaning in everything.  I'm curious and I will look for the best in a situation.

How is Twitter making our world better?  Well, it is not only Twitter – it is the entire social media phenomenon.   And it's not the tools that are making our world beter – they are tools, enablers.  It's humankind's choices about how these tools are used is what makes the world better.

Somewhere else, I described Twitter as an emergent self-organizing system.  In the Twitterverse, it seems very quickly and without much effort we self-select into interest groups, drop into others for a visit, contribute, stay or move on.  It is the true Open Space Technology.  We begin to chose our networks and have our voice.  If we are neither contributing nor learning in one relationship, we use the law of the delete key.  What's the point hanging out where there isn't a mutuality of purpose or reciprocity?

Twitter has awakened me to knowing there is no void between us – the morphic energy fields – our collective consciousness is palpable.  I feel extraordinarily connected with so many more people through social media in an important way.  I honor their ideas and knowledge and experiences.  I feel a sense of responsbility of supporting them in their endeavors.  I am filled with hope and possibility.  How we can use these tools wisely to improve the conditions of  the sick, the hungry and those in despair in countries without such access is one big thinking exercise right now.

What's your highest vision for social media tools?

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  • Robyn,
    Thanks for your love of Twitter post.
    I have an open and empty mind re: Twitter and Facebook. Perhaps I shouldn't even use them in the same breath.

    So from my beginner's mind my largest vision for Twitter would be to have it has a tool for people all over the globe to connect and communicate about what really matters to them; to support each other i their passions be they personal and /or professional. perhaps Twitter is already right there doing that. then I confess my ignorance and my interest in joining he world swell.

    Lynda Klau

  • Lynda, thank you for your comments.

    With an open, beginner's mind, you are ready to learn. What you envision: "a tool for people all over the globe to connect and communicate about what really matters to them; to support each other i their passions be they personal and /or professional" is exactly my sense of what's happening.

    When such a ground swell happens, change happens fast. Our responsibility is to influence the change, so it is the change the world needs. We all have our own stories about that, of course, but if we believe no one needs to go hungry, die of illnesses that can be cured and the planet is a beautiful place, then those already are some worthy causes to enter into conversation about.

  • Fun, engaging and meaningful sum up my experience with Twitter as well. I am not sure I have a vision for social media per se, but I do see so many amazing possibilities. It has the power to democratize communication in our world. It takes the corporate filters out of the equation and empowers us as individual communicators. We are increasingly being listened to based on the merits of what we have to say rather than based on the agenda of corporate or government entities. I have read that blogging is becoming big in countries like Iran – it is becoming increasingly difficult to suppress people's voices. Free speech is essential to change and with it there is the possibility that freedom follows.

    It has been said that "you can't hate someone whose story you know". I can only hope that by increasing our connections and level of connection throughout the world we can discover more reasons to love than to hate. Nonetheless we have so much to learn about what it will take to create a peaceful global community.

    • Susan,

      You add breadth and depth to the topic of positive applications of Twitter and other social media tools.

      Pointing out its use in corporations is about the "merits of what we have to say" versus what's politically desirable is very encouraging, as it speaks to our desire and need for openness, transparency and trust.

      Trust and openness are keys to increasing understanding, tolerance, acceptance and collaboration in corporations, communities, countries and continents.

      How promising! Thanks so much for your great contribution.