During a conversation with a friend last week, I was talking about twitter and the amount of time I spend on there. She hasn’t used it so I explained how I used it and chat to people.
I said how I have made lots of friends on there, and she asked how. It was only then I started thinking about quite how much of a difference twitter has made to my life.
I know there are always people saying how destructive social media can be, it sucks your life and time, it is full of weirdos (*waves*) and it is just all a bit pointless.
But you see, I beg to differ.
For me I have made so many new friends, and it all happens just as I guess in the old days when I went out and well possibly had a life when you started chatting to people, friends of friends, or just new people with similar interests.
The majority of people I regularly chat with on twitter I have never met, and to me this is totally normal. And these aren’t people who I have chatted to for a month or 2. Some of these are years.
They are people who have read about all parts of my life, know I like coffee, know I have 2 cats and quite possibly their names. With some it goes from twitter to iMessage/email.
I do understand how people who don’t use social media quite to the extent I do , don’t understand how you can chat with people you’ve never met.
I love twitter for lots of other reasons…
The practical – asking just about anything and I will get an answer. Yes there is google and it is *whispers* my first love BUT sometimes it is too much and I need a real person to tell me how.
how would I make egg fried rice? Do you boil the rice then fry it with the eggs?
— Jo | Geek Fairy (@2starsandaswirl) August 16, 2013
The information, and laughs you find that you are able to share.
10 Things New Women Weightlifters Should Know http://t.co/JTyU2jCmkD
— Jo | Geek Fairy (@2starsandaswirl) August 14, 2013
The celebrations you can have with others when you get home to an empty house after really doing something you are proud of
Great night tonight of doing things I couldn’t a couple of months ago. Can now do a snatch, and box jumps in a workout. #happyface
— Jo | Geek Fairy (@2starsandaswirl) August 15, 2013
The sharing the fact your little one (or great lump of a 5 year old) has meant a total lack of sleep
Eurgh rough night here. I predict much DVD-ness today.
— Jo | Geek Fairy (@2starsandaswirl) August 17, 2013
And yes, on their own they are all inane, less than 140 characters of (often) useless thoughts in my head.
But it is more than that when it is all added together. It is a community you get to pick and grow and be part of. You answer people when they ask for advice if you know.
Especially through my journey into the scary ‘fitness’ world twitter has come into its own. Following other people who workout like me and eat a bit like me and who get that sugar withdrawal makes you feel like crap. Who understand when I say I can’t get out of bed because it hurts, but I will be back tonight repeating the madness. Who also tweet photos of themselves doing handstands on holidays. And who also tweet photos of their dinners. Yes that is a thing, and yes I do it and I love that others do it too.
Yeah so I hold my hands up, I am one of those people that documents their whole life in less than 140 characters, complemented by photos of it step by step on instagram. I love it, it is MY real life, shared with my REAL friends, as that is what all you other weirdo out there in your little boxes on my phone are. My REAL friends.
So an indulgent shout out to say thank you to the people who keep me sane with virtual slaps, hand holding, listening, agreeing, disagreeing, confidence boosting, reality reminding, fashion advice, business ideas, dinner ideas, little lol’s to myself, big fat PMSL moments, quiet little sighs of contentment and happy nods of acknowledgement.
All in 140 characters day in and day out.