It’s true. I have become what I thought I would not – a person who tweets. Not so long ago I was sure I would never have the interest or the mental fuel or the motivation to open a Twitter account. I am still not sure I have the mental fuel (a dozen meaningful comments a day? O, the pressure . . .) but I have a different perspective on the Twitter phenomenon than I did a few months ago when I confess I had a teensy bit of an arrogant attitude toward it. Me the choleric didn’t think chattering all day long on the cyber-telephone wire with all the other chattering bluebirds was something I had time to do. I apologize. That’s back when I thought that’s all it was: chatter.
Even now I am certain Twitter can still be just about meaningless chatter – and by meaningless, I mean without meaning to the general public. If your cat coughs up a mega-hairball on your Persian carpet, that is definitely meaningful to you and perhaps your closest friends. Should you tell the world about it? Well, it’s getting easier to do that, but why would you want to? Seems like that kind of chatter is just noise on an already noisy planet.
But not all chatter is without merit, right? Dialogue and conversations definitely have merit. Spreading the word has merit, especially when it’s about something that matters or should matter to a great many people. When I began to see that Twitter has the ability to begin and sustain immensely important conversations about things like ending human trafficking, feeding the hungry, and clothing the homeless, I realized how many levels of conversations there can be. Some are meant to be had on a larger scale, and some are finally taking place on a larger scale – on platforms like Twitter.
All that is to say, I am less a critic of time-wasting on Twitter (if one wants to waste time, one can do that just about anywhere) and now more a proponent of meaningful conversations on a larger scale. I admit my conversations on my first week of Twitter haven’t scratched the surface of one social ill, but I am thinking as I follow the more meaningful entities and grow my followship that at some point my collective “we” will start making a difference somewhere because we have been chatting about it. On a large scale. And it will have started while we were just sharing life together, 140 characters at a time.
So there you have it. Follow me. Let’s set our sites on something meaningful to talk about. And then do something meaningful. . .