|@amandakendle on Twitter - for nearly five years, so far!|
There are numerous reasons why I find Twitter so much fun, but I know when you are first thinking of stepping into the tweeting realm - or worse, when someone like me tells you that for the sake of your business you perhaps "should" be on Twitter - it can all seem a bit hard to imagine. The practicalities of how, what and when for Twitter are coming in a future post, but the fun? Well, I want to tell you all about that now.
So let me finish this sentence a few times: I love Twitter because ...
- I've "met" people on Twitter who I've later met in real life and they've become friends. I may not have come across them at all without Twitter; I certainly wouldn't have been friends with them so easily if I hadn't already "known" them online.
- When I really want to know something that's happening right now, Twitter is the best place to find out about it. I remember finding tweets from people in Korea when tricky North Korean incident wasn't yet in the news; when a police helicopter circles my suburb I head to Twitter to find out why, and usually do.
- The best advice comes from Twitter: a while back I asked for local recommendations for web designers for a client and got stacks of excellent info. Twitter users have also given me advice for dealing with a house accidentally emptied of chocolate.
- I get to talk to and find out about writers I admire. I especially love reading good fiction by Australian women writers and I love the chance to interact with them on Twitter - people like Kylie Ladd, Allison Tait, Sara Foster and Natasha Lester.
- There are fun and games. Like this:
- It's quick and easy fun. If I'm waiting for an appointment I can pull out my phone, open up Twitter and quickly read and tweet a little; it's something I can then put away without feeling like it's not finished.
- People are funny on Twitter. Even I can be funny on Twitter. I can't really explain it - something about writing such short updates, or something about how the culture of Twitter has grown over the years - but so many people are so funny.
- Last but very definitely not least, I get work via Twitter. People contact me because the see the kind of work I do, and want me to do the same for them. Can't complain about that!
I could go on, but those are some of the main reasons that I enjoy using Twitter. It's quite unique among social media tools, I think, in that you really can feel like you're building a direct one-to-one relationship with someone who you previously had no connection to - without spending a heck of a lot of time doing it. If we haven't met up on Twitter yet then come and find @amandakendle and say hello. I look forward to seeing you there!