Twitter seems well on its way to becoming the social media tool that non-users love to hate. A victim of its own good press and popularity, it’s now cool to be anti-Twitter. This morning on NPR a proudly non-tweeting commentator exhorted us to keep our personal information to ourselves, to be more private, and to stop thinking that we’re cool. And oh yeah, he threw in a cheesy gratuitous IT-geek insult at the end for punctuation. Geez. Uncool yet again. Didn’t I pay my dues in middle school? in high school? In college? In graduate school? Yikes!
Oh well. Leaving aside for the moment the question of whether NPR’s Morning Edition Blogger John Ridley is the arbiter of coolness (he may well be; I would admittedly be among the last to know) I can tell you that I am an unabashed fan of Twitter. I can and do follow local events, thought leaders, interesting new friends, colleagues, and other non-profits. In a very short amount of time it has found its way into a natural part of my work day, and I am delighted. I was happy to see the responses to the Philanthropy.com blog post about non-profits and Twitter. All the replies are positive and and reinforce my own experiences. This is a great tool for community building and for conversing about relevant topics.
And if anyone wants to invite me and the rest of the IT team I work with to “two-for-one margaritas” (read the aforementioned blog post) I’ll be happy to go, but you’ll have to invite me the old fashioned way. Email me.