Thought I’d launch my new social media blog with a befitting Thanksgiving #thankfulfor post. And it’s social media I am thankful for.
Let’s talk about Twitter. I started a new position in November 2008 as a social media content manager for Gannett. The position has many facets. It was not a coincidence that I already had a mild obsession with Twitter, but now that it was part of my job, I jumped in 110%. I have to say, I understand why Twitter is such a great tool, but it has also introduced me to some amazing, funny, genius people I would never have met otherwise.
There are too many to count and I planned to show screen shots of some of my favorite tweets, but silly me, I didn’t realize Twitter doesn’t go back a whole year in my replies. So what I will show you are at least a few of my favorites from the past few months (and a few I was smart enough to favorite at the time).
Making me laugh:
After tweeting during a PGA tournament, I became friends with @TigersHeadCover. After mentioning I wasn’t really a Tiger fan, this was the reply-
After mentioning the window sun shade I use on my car has a large Windows 95 logo on it (was a free promo item many years ago), I got this reply-
Mentioning I am obsessed with Augmented Reality (new technology), this reply:
The genius of it-
Then of course, the Tweeple you expect to be funny, like this one-
Not until you share an event of some sort on Twitter, do you really understand the power of a hashtag (#). Watching sporting events, or awards shows or breaking news- sharing the experience with 1000’s of people on Twitter via a hashtag- is an amazing experience.
Not human, and that’s ok:
When I first realized there were animals on Twitter, I was fascinated. I even started an account for my kitties and they follow only animals. These animals have parties (#pawparty) and special dedicated days (#woofwednesday) and it’s an amazing culture. But I am most thankful for the joy these ‘tweeting animals’ bring me.
They are some of the cutest, happiest twitterers out there-
They are grateful beyond belief-
and of course, the most popular feline on Twitter, with over a million followers, Sockington–
ok- this one isn’t an animal, but it is a baby- a baby who tweets. And she is a Republican (unlike her Democrat parents)-
I am not always motivated to workout. But the people on Twitter, people I don’t even know, are always there to help with motivation.
And the random kindness:
Tweeted about my cravings for ice cream…
he lives in Hawaii.
And a day I was just feeling crummy-
Oh and of course the occasional awesome tweet from a social media rock star 🙂
Only 3 months?
And these are just from the past 3 months. Can you imagine the humor, joy, kindness, support, I’d even say love, that I have seen from my Twitter friends over this past year, not to mention since I joined Twitter (mid ’08)? And please don’t anyone feel disappointed for not being mentioned in this post. You all rock and I could write 100 posts about you all!
If anyone says they don’t get Twitter, and you want to go to your standard list of pre-existing reasons you rant and rave about to colleagues and friends, instead try a new and different approach. Show why you are thankful for Twitter.
This post doesn’t even delve into why I love and use Twitter for business and why I teach and encourage the staffs at Gannett’s 80+ newspapers and 20+ TV stations to use it regularly. This is just for me in my personal way, saying thank you to my Tweeple. You guys rock beyond belief. Happy Thanksgiving!