Social Media

Why is Twitter such a great social media platform?

Because while Facebook and Instagram scream, “Look at me!”, Twitter says, “Think about this.”

With Twitter, the focus is on ideas. People share things that are interesting and connect over issues that are important. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and even Pinterest focus on people or possessions. It reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote:

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Of course, Twitter can be abused and used for banal or nefarious purposes, but I believe there’s a vibrant culture of people who are willing to engage, share, and help each other on Twitter. On other social media sites, not so much.

(BTW, if you’re thinking about joining Twitter or looking for a better way to experience it on your mobile device, I suggest using Tweetbot. It’s hands down the best app on my iPhone.)

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2 thoughts on “Social Media

  1. I’m a veritable social media hermit: a bit of Instagram and LinkedIn… but that’s it. None of the majors. I’ve never used Facebook or Twitter and don’t know what I’m missing… except of course what I’m grateful that I’m missing… time and emotionally draining meaningless posts to wade through to get any content that I care about… and that’s just second hand experience. I hear a bit of the benefits, but I can’t fully visualize how to maximize them while eliminating the superfluous (if that’s even possible) without first jumping in… and I don’t jump into things I don’t understand.

    Am I missing out?

    Possibly. But I’m not really concerned about it. My life is too complicated as it is with 4 little kids running around. I’m desperately in need of more ‘space’ in my life, not more stuff to jam into it.

    But I LOVE Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote!

    And I love that I get to stay connected to my friend, Steve, by reading his blog!

    • I think waiting to adopt technology is a wonderful thing. In some cases, never adopting certain technology may be wise–it depends on the person. If you don’t feel any need for a platform like Twitter, then that’s great. If you ever are curious to see how it can be used productively, feel free to give me a call!

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