Wrapping up my series on Twitter with the final three reasons. Number seven...
Twitter Reminds Me I'm Not Alone
When someone tweets about forgetting to unmute the audio for a video roll (no names this time...), I'm reminded I'm not the only one who makes mistakes. When someone writes about having a really rough day, I think, "Ah, it's not just me!" When I hear about a crazy request from senior leadership, I'm encouraged I'm not the only one that's happened to. When we think we're the only one with a problem, the problem tends to seem pretty large. When we hear others struggle with it, too, the problem shrinks. I'm not the only Tech Director that's made a bad call during a service (duh!). I'm not the only one who doesn't like sitting through 3 hour staff meetings (duh!). I'm not the only one who has way too much work to do before Sunday (duh!). It's good to keep this in perspective.
It Makes Me Feel Important
This one may be a bit narcissistic, but deep down, I think we all would like to think we matter. We all do, of course, but in the daily grind of life, sometimes we forget. I'll admit to really liking it when someone responds to one of my tweets. That means something I said was important enough for someone else to respond to. Someone across the country, someone I may not even know, thought something I said was important. Maybe I'm just insecure, but I like that feeling.
Twitter Keeps My Mom Up To Date
This may not be why I Twitter, but it's a great side benefit. Like many, I'm not really good at keeping in touch with my mom. I don't call or e-mail enough. However, she can drop in on my Twitter feed and see what I'm up to. I'm amazed at how many times she'll drop me an e-mail and say, "I saw on your Twitter that you're..." She really follows it. So does my mother-in-law. They like to keep track of what's going on in our lives, and when I update my Twitter feed, they feel closer to what we're doing. Since we live half-way across the country from both of them, that's important.
Those are some of the reasons I Twitter. Now I'll grant you that Twitter isn't a substitute for real, flesh and blood interactions. I think we still need to have plenty of people in our lives that we can see and feel and touch. I don't think Twitter will replace those people. However, Twitter is great at expanding the circle. It's especially great if you work in a field where you don't connect with others who do what you do all the time. Most churches don't even have Technical Arts Directors, let alone more than one. There are only and handful of us in any given city. Yet I know 30 of them through Twitter. That's cool. Were I an accountant, it might not be so important.
Still, just keeping up with people on a regular basis through Twitter has been great fun, and I'm looking forward to expanding the circle further. Not on Twitter yet? Sign up. Follow me at @mikesessler. See who I follow and follow them, too. Pretty soon, we'll all have new friends. That's the power of Twitter.