Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Why I love Twitter

Another month has rushed by and I find myself at the last minute again, wanting to write at least one post before the month is over.

The easiest topic to write about tonight is something I've been thinking about a lot lately: just how much I love Twitter.

The fact that I love Twitter actually baffles me. When I first started tweeting, I didn't get it at all. It seemed boring and pointless. Blah, blah, blah: just one more social network-y thing to have to pay attention to.

Then, I had an epiphany - I realized that Twitter would deliver information to me. Weird, random, funny, useful, useless, interesting information. Whenever I chose to look at Twitter, it would invite me to run madly off in all directions, following links about things I'm interested in and things I didn't even know I was interested in.

My friends who know that I love to tweet, sometimes ask me, "Will Twitter help me extend my brand?" "Will it help me enrol more students in my classes?" "Will it help me sell more records?"

The simple truth is, I have no idea if Twitter can do any of those things. I do know that it helps me feel more fertile as a songwriter: my tweeps tell me things I would otherwise never know and expose me to diverse and fascinating ideas and viewpoints. And, they inspire me. My twitterverse is populated with creative, energetic people who are deeply committed to their beliefs, their passions, and to our world.

It's a pleasure to spend time with all of you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights, disappointments and triumphs, your beautiful humanness, 140 characters at a time.

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