10000 up: A Tweet Odyssey
Ten Thousand Tweets. Wow.
When I first joined Twitter in 2009, I had little idea of the impact it would have on my life. It was, then, the emerging rival social network to Facebook which I would be damned if I joined…
I never realised I would have 10000 things to ‘Tweet’ about in a little over four years. But being an open network that has continually attracted more cerebral, open-minded and (dare I say it) interesting people than FB cannot help but stimulate conversation. Which is what social is all about in the end.
From the humble beginnings of being part of a Twitter-driven radio play collective, to ramblings about work, sport and holidays, right through to the race for tickets to London 2012, and subsequently covering the Games themselves… This network has been good to me. It’s been the journal I never felt brave enough to start. And it has improved many areas of my existence.
No one really knows what will happen to Twitter, especially in 5-10 years time. But it is still - in my opinion - one of the few things that actually resembles an information superhighway, which is what that Internet is meant to be.
I joined Facebook a couple of years ago, and while it’s not as terrifying as anticipated it’s not Twitter. It is the backwater town to Twitter’s heaving metropolis.
My final word is to my followers. Past, present and future. Some I know personally, professionally or by relation(!). But many of you I’ve never met, and perhaps never will. Yet your company and interaction makes this whole damn enterprise that much more enjoyable. And so for that, and suffering me - I thank you.
To the next ten thousand. Wow.
27 May 2013.