I remember the first time I ever heard of the concept of Twitter. The person I was talking to described it thus: “It’s like walking with your tray through the rows of tables at your high school cafeteria, overhearing bits and pieces of dozens of conversations, and deciding which one you want to join…”
That sounds like Dante’s Inferno, I thought, Why would anyone want to do that?
But 9 years later, I find myself @ByRVincent – because the RWA conference inspired me to embrace social media and make it my own.
My verdict is still out on the Twitter experience.
I’ve found Twitter to have a steep learning curve. I thought it would be like Facebook. Not so. Facebook is utterly user-friendly; Twitter not so much. (There’s a reason your grandma is on Facebook, but probably not on Twitter.) Hashtags, @replies, link shorteners, etc.. can be like a foreign language to the uninitiated.
And sometimes the frenetic information overload inherent to Twitter makes my brain feel like a hyperactive squirrel.
And yet – Twitter can also feel like social champagne – effervescently overflowing with images / ideas / inspiration – bubbling and bursting and bathing your mind in delight – the best brain-break from staring at the blinking cursor of Microsoft Word.
Twitter is also going to force me into Hemmingway-like concision (hello, 140 characters including spaces!) Which could be a good think for my writing.
Already it’s helped me get back in touch with long-lost old friends – which I’ve always thought is really the purpose of social media.
And sometimes, in the noise, someone shares something – so freaking adorable / thought provoking / heartwarming – that it actually makes your day.
So that’s why social media and I are here to stay.
Come follow me on Twitter at @ByRVincent – I’ll follow you back 🙂