When it comes to social media, you could probably say I’m addicted. While I dabble in different forms, my main vice is Twitter. And there are definitely times when my prolific tweeting knows no boundaries.
I will tweet friends. I will tweet friends of friends. Heck, sometimes I’ll just tweet messages for the sake of telling everyone I had a roast beef sandwich for lunch (the worst kind of tweets, no?).
Yet if there’s one thing about Twitter I truly appreciate, it’s when other people out there who get social, actually “get social.” It can be random people that engage. It can be organizations with a genuine sense of humour. Or the occasional (give or take) celebrity.
For instance, last night I saw the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) engage with Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) regarding the former potentially getting a contract to face the Jays on their West Coast swing. Now while the likelihood of that is slim to none, I felt the need to respond in my own way and suggest that Freddie’s experience in the movie Summer Catch.
Whether my tweet happened to catch his eye or he genuinely felt compelled to respond, Freddie engaged.
Now before you tell me that one tweet isn’t all that special, what’s important to note is that we didn’t stop there. I responded and elicited a follow-up. I think that’s what we in the biz call a conversation:
Humour aside, this is just a small microcosm of what I like about social media. There is no way that I would’ve ever been able to have a chat with Freddie in real life considering how my sphere and his are so far apart, yet through the wondrous advancement of technology, Twitter makes that possible.
And it’s not just my ability to chat with Freddie. It’s everyone else that I follow who allow me to be part of a giant global conversation. It’s Canucks fans during the NHL season or Whitecaps FC supporters during the MLS year. It’s fellow gamers and clanmates. It’s you.
And that’s what is really neat about it all.
But I’m curious, have you had an experience such as this one? Or what is it that binds you to the world of social if it’s not the same glue as me? I’m truly quite curious.