Cheers Darlin’

When 40% of people allegedly quit after a month, I appear to have lasted more than 12. It is the eve of my one-year anniversary with Twitter. On March 3, 2009, I joined Twitter after seeing a friend’s status updates on Facebook being posted via Twitter. At first, I had no clue what to do with it, but I quickly figured it out.

When people ask me about Twitter and what it really is, I usually just tell them that it’s whatever you want it to be. When I first started, I used it solely for getting my daily current events fix. Slowly, it evolved as I began to follow more and more people. Today, I absolutely love my Twitter feed. I have a great mix of politics, news, and entertainment.

So I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things I love about Twitter (call it an anniversary present):

  1. Time Killer – How did I wait in long lines before Twitter (and my iPhone, while
    I’m loving new technology) It’s completely changed the way I stand in
    line, ride the bus, avoid conversing with people…
  2. Entertaining Information – Whether it’s funny YouTube videos, amusing stories, or
    inspirational quotes, it is a guarantee that someone I follow someone will
    tweet something entertaining.
  3. Random Conversations – I love being able to talk to such a diverse group of
    people, engaging in any topic imaginable.
  4. New Friends – Twitter has helped me meet some truly awesome people, some of
    whom have become really close friends really quickly. There would have
    been no way our paths would cross if we didn’t meet on Twitter, so for
    that I’m truly thankful.
  5. Social Life – Thanks to tweetups and the people I’ve met on Twitter, I’ve
    actually been able to create an incredibly busy social life. My life was
    so transitional last year, and this really helped to force me out of the
    little frightened shell that I’d built around myself.
  6. Edmonton Events – In addition to tweetups, Twitter has connected me to awesome
    events happening in my city in a way that no print publication or website
    has rivaled.
  7. New Media – I haven’t subscribed to a hardcopy newspaper in a long time. I
    received my news in my Google Reader. But since Twitter, it’s almost
    become the sole place I go to when I want to know current events and news.
    Not to mention how totally cool it is that I can follow journalists, and
    get to know them in my ways than just their bylines.
  8. Music & Musicians – Twitter has also connected me to the musicians I love. I
    found out about a CD release and tour dates on several occasions through
    Twitter. Not to mention when people tweet what they’re listening to, it
    gives me the opportunity to discover new music.
  9. PR Networking – It’s connected me with a lot of people in public relations.
    I’m at the point in my career where I’m looking for guidance and
    mentorship, and Twitter has wonderfully provided me with that.
  10. Freelance Writing – Thanks to Twitter, a part of me that I thought would never be
    fulfilled is actually working out. I’ve been freelance writing and never
    been happier. I didn’t think I would be in this position with my career at
    such a young age, but I’m embracing it and seeing where it takes me.

    If you’ve come here from my Facebook page or any other non-Twitter-related link, I truly encourage you to check out Twitter. There are more than enough websites explaining how to get started and you can certainly ask me (or anyone else equally smitten with Twitter).

    As of today, I have almost 600 followers and almost 3000 tweets. So I raise a glass to the pleasant surprise and life changer that Twitter has become to me. The first year has been a blast, baby, here’s to the next one. Cheers!

    (My blog titles are song titles. Today’s is “Cheers Darlin’” by Damien Rice)

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