I swore that I would never succumb to the ridiculousness that I called 'twitter'. I mean- what was the point? Do people *really* care about my random life updates? Do I really care about theirs?
Then. I met a local yoga instructor- Helen Fong. I was trying to convince local instructors to support my student led Coffee and Yoga discussion group (I only succeeded in convincing Helen, she's fantastic). She suggested I open a twitter account because regardless what I thought, people use it.
So now I have twitter. I tweet about stuff. Random stuff. Like 'mmm I want some coffee'. And not so random stuff like 'Coffee and Yoga this week- please RT!'. Does it work? Well.... I'm not totally convinced it works for the C&Y group, but it has had some interesting results.
Weirdly enough, I have found that twitter has actually broadened my sense of yogi-bloggers and their personalities. For example Svasti. I love her blog and her comments are always so thoughtful and usually pretty impassioned. I figured I had a pretty good base on her personality (which is kinda arrogant all by itself, I know). Then I started following her tweets. From twitter I learned she adores True Blood, has a wicked sense of humour and posts hilarious and fun links. Strangely, I feel like I am more connected to *her* from twitter than from her blog.
The same goes for many other yogi-bloggers that I follow.
I was listening to an interview with some savvy social media guys in Québec about how to use social media. How twitter really isn't a place where you only have a one-way tweeting system. How there's actually twitter etiquette (who knew?). According to these guys twitter is a two way connecting system where responding and actually reaching out is the goal.
I could go on about my feelings around tweeting all.the.time from your cell phone, or texting during spoken conversations... but really this post was just to express my surprise at how much more I feel connected to my yogi-tweeps. Which I find weird, but kinda nice. I'm still kinda twitter reticent, don't own a cell phone (which Svasti and Roseanne had a little twitter intervention the other day about lol), and I have strong feelings about how we need to connect face-face and not through technology... but...
What about you? Do you use twitter? Has this happened to you?
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