To Twitter or Not to Twitter (originally published 2/2012)

When Twitter first came on the scene a few years ago I was hesitant.  I admit it.  I love following trends in communication and this was one so I did look at it.  I dismissed it as yet another attempt to capture the Americans time and look at me I’m an app mentality.  When I saw real journalists were using it I thought okay, this maybe a great way to connect with them.  I finally set up an account.  I quickly saw how useful 140 characters could be in catching the news of the day, entertainment, industry wide news and updates.  It was a chance to expose my writing to a different genre and promote my Blog at the same time.  Blogging can take its toll, I’m sure you noticed I don’t Blog as much as I used to but part of that fact is I am busier than 3 years ago – a good thing.  Watching Good Morning America this morning,  Steve Martin was on speaking about of all things Twitter!  He said he thought it was curious thing at first and was going to use it to promote his work.  He has found that he has created different characters and tweets in a comedic way.  Creepy Guy?  or @creepyguy  Now that’s someone you want to follow, or is he following you?

For all its whimsy Twitter has become the go to in times of crisis – while hundreds of people have been stuck on the runway in a plane they’ve tweeted about it.  When someone has had a traffic accident and is late to somewhere, they Tweeted about it.  When the @Whitehouse has a new statement on policy or change, they Tweet about it.  Looking to connect with someone you admire?  Tweet it and then follow them.  There are still totally trivial tweets and the inane but for a social media tool that is international in scope it has come a long way from just promoting oneself to utilizing words for inspiration, education, advocacy and fun!  @katwife

My article as it appeared in Newsday:  http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/retirement/my-turn-getting-to-the-point-of-twitter-1.3561065

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