Originally uploaded by edopix
The discussion goes on as to whether it’s a good idea to be on Twitter or not. I don't want to sway anybody's opinion, you are all entitled to yours, but here is my story:
Since joining Twitter I have made quite a few friends. Most of them are certainly friends only in the realm of my and their timelines, and our acquaintance is limited to what we are prepared to divulge about ourselves ‘out there’. Those are not close friendships in the conventional sense but I have learned an awful lot through following discussions between tweeps and links posted by people who know much more about subjects I'm interested in than I do. Many of them have been very helpful when asked direct questions, too.
Most of my earliest 'followers' and people I followed back were other photography enthusiasts or even professionals in London, and so I slipped into monthly or other regular meetings in town that allowed me to get to know all those Twitter 'friends' in real life and yet more people through them at those events. They all helped me advance my photography skills and as a pleasant side-effect also enriched my social life. Apart from those regular gatherings, I have met up with people I originally knew from Twitter for drinks or meals in town and have even been invited to some of their homes and have welcomed some of them to mine in return.
Some people (or organisations) I follow without expecting any reciprocity. I’m just interested in direct access to what they have to say. Some people I chat with because I find what they say intelligent, witty or just plain interesting, and they help me pass idle down-time pleasantly. I even found someone I went to school with back in Germany, although we didn’t really personally know each other back then!
Thank you, too.
I am normally rather shy when surrounded by people I don’t know and will easily stand in a corner all night, leaving in the end without having talked to anyone. I find the Twitter banter a wonderful way to break the ice.
Finally, I met someone very special on Twitter (who kindly allowed me to use this recent portrait of me for this blogpost). A person who was initially a great mentor to my mentee, like he is for many other people every day (and yes, the word does exist!), and later became a close and caring friend who helped me through some difficult times in the last year and a half and has been there for me with technical advice and emotional support ever since.
A very special thank you to you. :-)
In summary, to me Twitter has been an enriching experience. I’m not saying my life has become wonderful since I joined and that I will live happily ever after but it certainly opened doors and windows for me, and it’s up to me to do something with it. I’m not leaving anytime soon. But as I said, that’s just my story.
I wish all of you a Happy New Year. :-)