Amongst the many social media networks that abound these days, one that I really enjoy is (T for) Twitter. To think that this has revolutionised the way people communicate in just five years is mind-boggling. Micro-blogging has caught everyone’s imagination or at least that of an estimated 200 million known Twitter users all over the world.
When Jack Dorsey launched the company in July 2006, I don’t think even he would have expected it to grow to become such a knock out success. There is enough material and more available on Twitter so I shall spare you the details.
In this post I would like to share my observations.
- Make new friends: Great medium to link up to like-minded people. You need not like what I do and I am not obliged to like what you like. Twitter provides opportunities for you to link up with like-minded people through the use of #hashtags and lists.
- Learn something new: Often I actively look out for tweets from some people I follow only because I genuinely enjoy their tweets. I don’t mention names because they are too many to name. They are witty and though provoking. I have learnt a lot through reading the links they have shared or their perspectives they have provided.
- Improve your Editing: No kidding! If you thought expressing your thoughts in a few lines was difficult, try expressing them in just 140 characters. I have found that tweeting helps my editing skills. It forces me to cut the flab. It compels me to cut ruthlessly to express my thoughts succinctly.
- Improve your vocabulary: Building on the last point, you also get to improve your vocab . You have to dig deep into your mind to come out with appropriate words. Needless to say, I am against the tendency to take recourse to the bane of modern day communication, today’s texting language of acronyms and short forms like gr8 for “great” and “osom” for awesome.