Throughout the week we have discussed the benefits or twitter, how simplicity has changed the way we look at things, and how we are all separated by six tweeters or less.
In Part 5 of Tweet or Die we discuss the change and impact that twitter has had on my life.
The rule of 140 characters or less.
One of the first things I noticed about twitter was that it was very restrictive. It would only let you post so much stuff at a time. I remember trying to figure out what the point of responding to someone on twitter if I could just text message them a lot longer answer. But really, this is the beauty of twitter. Realizing that we can say a lot of fluff, twitter makes it a rule that you cut all that stuff out and get to the point. This has changed the way people blog, how they market, and communicate.
In churches, volunteers and ministers are trying to figure out the most effective way to share a story with the world. One that is life changing. There has been many different strategies on getting this story “out” to the world. One thing that is shaping the way churches communicate is the presence of twitter. Not only are churches signing up for twitter to keep others up-to-date as to what is going on at church that week, but some churches are using twitter in their services. Other churches are realizing that cutting out all the fluff and getting to the heart of the message is most important. They are not preaching their sermons in 140 characters or less, but they are realizing that they have to better prepare and communicate.
Twitter is effecting the way that other people are communicating as well. I have heard several people say that if you send them an email they probably will not respond. But, if you direct message them on twitter they will respond immediately.
This could be frustrating to you, funny to you, or something that you actually do yourself. Whatever it may be, twitter is changing the way that we communicate and get are info. I sent out a tweet about a week ago saying “man I wish I could listen to the new @derekwebb CD, but I still haven’t got mine.” I had ordered his CD about three weeks before that and something got screwed up with paypal and the shipping and they never sent me my copy. I sent them a couple of emails asking about what was going on and they never responded. I guess I was using the wrong way of communication. After ten minutes of sending out that tweet I got an email from derekwebb.com saying sorry and here is your link for you download and other great stuff. Amazing!
I was blown away by the fact that I was really just complaining/lamenting that I was missing out. It turned out to be the best tweet I have had in a long time.
Another great way that twitter is changing me is the opportunity to follow leaders and communicators that I respect and follow. This has provided me the opportunity to discover their blogs, read links that they give out, and have a chance to get a peek into their lives and watch the way they communicate over twitter.
Twitter has also helped me grow as a graphic artist and all around “sharer” of things. I like to help people find what they are looking for, if you didn’t know that, go and check out my resource page and you can see what I am talking about. Twitter has helped me learn about a lot of cool things through links provided by other really smart people. Having the opportunity to follow someone who is working five states over and have the feeling that you get to see a glimpse of their life is pretty cool. In the age of wanting to express who you are and what you are about, twitter is the ultimate tool of expression.
Twitter has changed my life, maybe not the way you might think life change happens. But it has changed my life in the fact that I am able to learn, grow, communicate, and stay connected with people who I do not get to see everyday.
There is no ceiling on the future of twitter. I was looking at some stats of the amount of people that use twitter. One of the stats that was most intriguing was that 5% of Twitter users account for 75% of all activity.
This shows the future and the amount of growth that twitter can have in the near future. I stand by my word that facebook is a thing of the past. As soon as you start to copy your competition you are slipping in power. The potential of twitter is infinite and we who use twitter have a front row seat.
Check the graph below for a better understanding of the stats