With all the cool ways we have to stay connected to one another it’s no wonder that the simple things seem to win out in the end. Blogging in and of itself requires a bit more thought and planning. Whereas microblogging is done quickly and on-the-fly. It suites my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants style.
I’m able to express my thoughts, ask questions, get feedback and so much more. All in small bits. What’s even better is that the feedback is instantaneous. If I need an answer to something I know I can count on my friends in the Microblogging-sphere to come to my aid.
Having been an active member of Twitter for the past 9 months, I consider it an essential part of blogging. It has been well worth my time to participate in this small but daily bit of conversation. As a matter of fact, you might say it’s my preferred method of communicating.
The sense of closeness within in this tight knit community is never stronger than when our fellow microbloggers need help. Sickness and sorrow have moved my fellow microbloggers, Connie Reece & Dan Mosqueda, to create fundraising initiatives towards breast cancer research and unexpected funeral expenses. An amazing accomplishment for such a simple medium. I applaud the folks who take this simple but effective form of communication to a real and human level. That is what it means to be a part of the microblogging community.
Thanks for your article. I really enjoy communicating on Twitter also. I’ve made some very real friends, and have lost one. I was astounded at how much money we were able to raise for Ashley’s family. The total came in at $8,000. Of course it’s actually a bit less due to PayPal fees, but it is substantial.
My family actually comes from your part of the country, my Dad was born in Mission and they spend part of their winters down there. Also, my sister owns a Stanley Steemer franchise which they just opened in the valley (www.stanleysteemer.com).
Great post. I have to agree that I’ve gotten so much and learned so much from using Twitter. How else would you explain my reading it and tweeting from the ICU. It’s also great being updated on what you and the rest of our friends do daily since we normally don’t see each other more than once a month. It’s probably the first and last thing I see on my computer every day.
It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone in just 140 characters at a time. I remember when Michael was in the ICU and I was so concerned … and then he started tweeting! I wanted to cheer. 🙂
Thanks for writing about how real community is developing around microblogging, Jennifer.
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