This past weekend, I was talking with a friend and repeating to her the story of a funny Twitter exchange I had been a part of earlier in the week. She found the tale amusing, but asked how I knew the person that I had been talking with. Apparently, in my joy I had failed to mention to her that this was a "friend" from Twitter. Now she has heard me mention Twitter before, how could she not have. I extol its virtues to anyone that I can get to half listen. The explanation that this conversation had been held with someone I have never met in person, yet feel that I know, prompted additional questions from her about the people I encounter on Twitter and their place in my life.
My conversation with this RL friend initiated some in depth thinking about the people I interact with on Twitter. I realized that there are those who I enjoy following for their insight. Others for the business information/advice they provide. There are those who amuse me with their witty banter. Common interests tie some of us together And there are others who I have been drawn to call my friends because of their personalities. My friend asked me how I could possibly consider someone that I have never met a a "friend". I explained to her that while my on-line friends may not the be same as my real life friends. We may not "hang out" in person, but we do "hang out" on Twitter. My conversations with my Tweeples are as poignant, emotional, intellectual, charming and cheerful as those I have sitting next my RL friends on my couch or at a restaurant table.
SO I examine the relationships I have built on Twitter and the things that Twitter has brought into my life.
I have received and continue to receive an education more varied than I could possibly receive anywhere else. I encounter people who are brilliant and who astonish me on a regular basis with their knowledge, skills and ability, as well as their willingness to openly share their nuggets of wisdom with the rest of the Twitter world.
There are some of the people I follow that I can guarantee will always bring a smile to my face. There are those days, when things are just plain wonky and I know that all I have to do is log in to Twitter and scroll down to see the silly new avatars or the tweets from my favorite Twitter comedians.
Those Twitterites who share my interests are always there with a new problem, solution or perspective on our various topics of interest.
And there is everyone else who are part of my follow/following circle. Some of them I just find interesting. The rest are not only smart, funny and interesting but are people with whom I have come to share a bond, consider my friends and am honored to say that I know. We have been drawn together by an interest in each other, our lives, our families. I feel privileged that they have chosen me to be among the ones that they share their joys, tears, happiness and fears. The joy of watching their children learn and grow. The triumphs of their businesses, as well as their insecurities along the way. Their relationships, health, exploits, struggles and their achievements. These people have brought feeling and attitudes into my realm that add extra dimension to my life. The wonderful thing is that these people have shown the depth of their characters by being there for moral support and amusement when I need those things brought into my life.
So to all of my Tweeples, THANK YOU. I am appreciative of the opportunity you have given me to share with you.
And Twitter, THANK YOU for making it possible for me to find a world beyond my own that contains such wonderful people.