Jun
2008

another pro-twitter post

Yes, I know I go on and on about Twitter, but even when it has its issues [can you say Fail Whale?], it’s still the place people keep coming back to [even after this week’s mini-exodus to Plurk!]

For reasons why people like me love the microblogging service, check out this video, which was created by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. After “he asked his following — through Twitter, of course — to reply with the reasons they love the popular social network, more than 100 people responded in the first two hours…”

Another article that came out this week praising Twitter’s interconnective nature is “Radical Interdependence and Online Telepathy: How Twitter Helps Us Find One Another.” This one, for obvious reasons, is inspiring to me, not only because it highlights NOLA but because on my last trip home I met with it’s featured personality Evelyn [aka eve11]. Much like the author’s encounter with Evelyn, mine was also inspiring. We talked about her tsunami survival, writing [she described blogging as writing to people, not the page”], New Orleans, and her plans to share lessons in social media with the Bywater neighborhood. I even donated my OLPC XO for her to have more machines to work with. I certainly wasn’t using it, so why not?

In fact, we connected on Twitter to discuss this exchange minutes after I tweeted this. One month after that tweet, here she is tweeting on my XO!

xoeve11

If you’re still not getting what Twitter is about, go read Palmer’s [aka @TRUE] article on Evelyn! It speaks of more of these “telepathic” moments, which to me demonstrate a wonderful fusion of web 2.0, genuine people, and a passion for place.

2 thoughts on “another pro-twitter post

  1. Essay Writing Help -Def an adorable laptop! I get kids and adults all wanting to play with it everywhere I go (I tend to work in public places like cafes, libraries, parks) and get asked questions each day, see http://www.laptop.org – I hear they will offer for sale to USA public again this fall.

    Thanks, Phdaisy, great post. I feels a bit awkward to be the center of attention in an article such as RealitySandwich, though not so in a blog. Anyhow, Twitter although being ‘public’ as public gets (unless you choose Private settings) feels exactly like the warmth and coziness of a neighborhood, not like you are part of “media”.

    Sadly, mysteriously, I have had little success with evangelizing (Yet! haven’t given up) how much I love Twitter to others, and why they ought to Tweet- only one person I roped has truly stuck with it.

    No idea why. It seems very natural for New Orleanians, especially from the cellphone (mobile aspect, as very few Nolans seem to like being tethered to a computer desk all day and night).

    I immediately saw Twitter (has many other uses) as a great way to share slice of life from New Orleans about what it’s like to live there, rebirth there post-K from one person’s eyes, as Twitter is quite global in its reach. I have followers from Turkey, Milan, Dublin, South Africa etc.

    Thanks!

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