And dear God was it dry. I mean ... SO. DRY. A steady 140-character stream of "Read my new blog!" "Take my free seminar!" "56 Ways to Improve your ROI!"
Just kill me now.
How was I EVER going to find a way to like this place?
It was like Social Media on Meth. Distracted and distracting. All over the place. As if everyone was yelling into the ether ... hoping it would pay off, y'know, somehow, someday, some way.
Where in the world was the "social" in Twitter? I had taken the Fall In Love With Twitter class from the lovely Tena Pettis (SO perfect for skittish newbs - Thank you, Tena!). So I had some solid bearings.
The coolest part was CLEARLY going to be how you could just Tweet anybody. Like, anybody. I could tweet my man-crush Stephen Colbert if I wanted to!
I could tweet someone I admired in business and be all like "You rock! That is all" - without the pressure of crafting a beautifully impressive email. I tweeted AT&T "Hey what's up with my service today?" and got an answer within minutes.
In these ways, the speed and immediacy of Twitter was wicked cool indeed.
But it still wasn't knocking my socks off.
Until this one day.
I'm doing my daily research and come across this KILLER article by Trent Nelson.
Whom I'd never ever heard of. I read it and immediately wanted to read everything she'd ever written.
I wanted to KNOW her.
Diligent social media mixologist, I head on over to Twitter to add her to my "Business Butt Kickers" list.
Which led to this conversation.
Which in turn led to a Skype date. And teaming up for a webinar.
Then I started reading Trent's tweets - which, lo and behold, did NOT suck. One of her retweets was from Yoneco Evans.
Reading Yoneco's Twitter bio, I realize we're from the same part of the country. I head to her blog and read one of THE best articles I've ever read about Twitter. It was like the lady was reading my MIND!
So I shoot her a Tweet ... and GUESS WHAT?!
Turns out we were best friends in 6th grade. No joke. Mind BLOWN.
Reunited and it feels so good.
Yoneco and I even got together to record an interview for her podcast The Thriving Solopreneur (Our chat airs December 31.)
I made a new list called "My Peoples" that allows me to not miss a single brilliant Tweet from the smarties I trust the most.
For me, there was a MAD learning curve to Twitter.
It was an intimidating, crowded and LOUD party.
And I was the one there that didn't know ANYONE.
But in the end, it was still a party.
Twitter's pace and platform forced me to really dial up and dig in to my belief that Social is always "Talking Human." Tweet this Genius!
I'm grateful to Twitter for that, especially. And supremely grateful to Twitter for bringing Trent and Yoneco (back) into my life.
Why not walk across the crowded Twitter ballroom to say hello? To someone you admire? To someone you think is cool? Or even me ... I'm right here! :-)
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