On my business card, I claim to be a social media enthusiast. In reality, I’m a little addicted. Ok, maybe a lot. Twitter has become my obsession of choice. For those new to Twitter, the concept of only 140 characters might seem pointless. When I tell people how much I love Twitter, I usually hear, “Who cares what I had for lunch?”
It’s not about your lunch or their lunch. It’s about the conversation. (Though, as a foodie, I’ve had some really good conversations with my Twitter friends about food.) So what do I talk about on with my Twitter peeps? (Don’t call them Tweeps. Or Tweeple.) Everything. Follow some people who aren’t celebrities and jump into the conversation. What I love about Twitter is that I don’t feel like the awkward girl at the school dance that no one wants to dance with. Most people are genuinely nice and will tweet you back. Try it.
I was very hesitant about Facebook for a long time, but finally joined a few years ago. My main reason for holding out was because I didn’t want to “friend” anyone I knew from high school Save for a handful of people. I only kept in touch with one person since I graduated and didn’t see a reason to artificially resume other friendships.
Once I got past the whole ex-boyfriends trying to message me their phone numbers, I came to like Facebook. I use it to keep track of my former theatre colleagues and friends. Theatre folks are very transient. We move quite often. Before Facebook came around, my poor address book had so many crossed out addresses. Now I don’t even know where my address book is. Gathering dust under a pile on my desk no doubt.
I mostly use social media to stay in touch with my friends and to make new friends. I’ve made plenty of friends through social media—most of whom I’ve never met in person. I also use social media to share blog posts I’ve written as well as promoting any current giveaways I’m running on my websites.
When I’m chatting with my friends on Twitter or Facebook, it never feels like work. Working from home and being a stay at home mom can be very isolating. I can go days without a meaningful conversation with an adult. On Twitter I can do in my pajamas and ponytail.
What are you waiting for? Join me on Twitter! Just let me know you found me on Tots2Tweens.
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