Once upon a time I was in a dead-end marriage. My self esteem was at an all time low, all my friends were miles away and began to feel very anti-social.
I needed an outlet.
My computer became my source of socialization out side of work and I immersed myself in online communities. It started with MySpace (before it got all trashy), forums, then Second Life.
It was a way for me to escape my reality and connect to interesting people from all over the world. I’ve made some amazing friends online, many who I have been fortunate enough to meet through conventions and local event.
Twitter buzz began around this time 2006 and I totally didn’t get it. What was the point? Most of the people I socialized with online were in Second Life so why did I need to “follow” them on Twitter? And who’s idea was this 140 character limitation!?
Two months later I caved.
I got tired of feeling left out and I caught a case of the beta bug, which over the next couple years would lead me on a wild goose chase for the next great networking fad, but Twitter never faded.
Three years, a Divorce and some odd months later I’m still here. My contributions to Twitter have evolved from being part of the early stage community where it seemed like everybody was connected to my present day narcissistic babble.
So why Twitter?
My Twitter is a community of my peers. A support system. All of my closest friends are on Twitter and we use it as a place to keep up with each other thought the day. It’s convenient like that. Sure I could sit down and write an email to each of them or blast a few general paragraphs out to the group, but it’s just easier to Tweet.
There is always a conversation happening. Wether it be about life, relationships, celebrity gossip, current events, or the latest gadgets released. You can easily dip in an out as time and attention span allows.
It is and always has been the fastest and most efficient way to share content. From my personal blogs and podcasts to upcoming events. A simple Tweet (with the proper formatting) can be easily Tweeted and Re-Tweeted to your followers and beyond.
And most of all – Twitter is my very own Life Line. A history of my life over the past few years that I occasionally refer to. I love to read back on where I have been and how far I have come.
To some it may seem silly, a waste of time and such, but to me it’s obviously much much more.
What is it for you?