Over the last few weeks I have seen noticeable drop in conversations on Twitter. At first I thought it was because people were not engaging as much. A few friends began to comment about the same issue. I began to wonder if it was not the result of us not engaging others first. After all, if we go to a party no one will talk back if all we do is listen to dozens of conversations and never engage.
A few years ago authors never would have dreamed of interacting with readers outside of book tours, signings and readings. Now authors and readers are communicating via many formats.
Last year the Shorty awards began to swell in popularity in the twitter community. I had a few friends that were pretty high up in the running to win including @luckystartups and @savvyauntie. While there was some talk of ulterior motives behind the awards, I thought it just promoted a dynamic and rapidly growing community of connectors.
Be yourself, be remarkable, be unique. This past week I had the chance to meet a few people from Keen Footwear. Keen’s CEO gave the keynote at the Willamette Innovators Night (WIN) 2009 and did a great skit. The main point of James Curleigh’s skit was to be an innovator not an imitator.
As we face many critical future decisions regarding our environment, there is no greater time in recent history that the general public needs to be informed and educated about the natural world they live in.
Many people I know have felt helpless as events this week unfolded in the now well known fallout from the Iran Election. On twitter people have changed their avatars in solidarity with those fighting for democracy.
As the 20th anniversary of Tianamen Square Protests near, China apparently has blocked its citizens from posting to twitter and other social media tools . This past summer I had the opportunity to use social media in China.
We filter what we say to our friends, spouses and colleagues. Some of us filter too much and some too little. Our mothers have told us “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” you know the rest.
These same filters apply to social media and especially Twitter.