My What I love about Twitter posts are intended as tiny vignettes of transient moments that capture the joys of Twitter for me. They are a personal record of my social media learning curve and I hope also illustrate the possibilities of Twitter to people who are getting to grips with the platform.
What I love about Twitter is the way it can sponateously connect me to others during a particular moment or experience. This week I spent a couple of days at the NHS Expo #ExPo2013 which was a mix of speeches, workshops and stands all about innovation in health. Twitter made the event a multi-dimensional one for me.
I found myself seamlessly navigating my experience of attending the event both in person and via Twitter in ways which reinforced, developed and shifted my journey during each day in many and varied ways. A few examples are:
Discovering who, where, what and when (I barely looked at the programme)
Unexpected encounters with people in passing “are you so-and-so off Twitter?”
Arranging to meet up with people when we both realised we were there “fancy a coffee and a catch up?”
Pre-arranged plans to follow up on conversations we had started on Twitter
Reinforcing new connections with follow up with conversations on Twitter (still continuing)
Making new online connections through retweets using the #ExPo2013 hashtag.
I also managed to miss quite a few people who I’d have loved to have met up. My almost meeting with @MrBen_King was the one that really made me giggle though:
Even though I was at the event all on my own, I had a sense of being part of a community – connected to people who were there and not there. It facilitated an unanticipated spontaneity that completely altered the experience I had anticipated – networking and conversation trumped workshops and speeches.
And lastly (just so you know) there are plenty of things about Twitter that irritate me, but I’d much rather amplify the positives and let the not-so-good stuff stuff trickle past me.