I often find myself in crowd of friends biting my tongue, while Twitter receives a thrashing. I understand the shallow and vain content that has tainted so many impressions of Twitter. But if this defines Twitter, then you are missing how valuable of a communication tool it is.
While the "low" uses are an unfortunate aspect of Twitter*, by no means does it define Twitter.
Twitter represents a complete paradigm shift in communication. A new form of communication that can be leveraged to solve real world problems and make our communities better. That's a mighty claim, but here are a few glimpses of Twitter in action:
- The Seattle Police are successfully using Twitter to crowdsource citizens to help find stolen vehicles. This is a brilliant solution which leverages the often unappreciated, unnoticed, and untapped good will of the masses.
- Following the devastating earthquake in Indonesia hundreds of volunteers mobilized on Twitter to effectively connect supplies to those in need. A logistical nightmare with impassable communication barriers has essentially eliminated.
- A group known as Anonymous has been using Twitter to coordinate digital protests. Physical distance no longer limits our ability to stand in solidarity alongside our fellow human being.
Have you seen any other stories of Twitters potential in action?What other ways can a tool like Twitter be wielded to mobilize and empower people to strengthen the social fabric of our communities and our globe?
*It is totally possible to regularly participate in Twitter without encountering those who use it for "low" uses. In fact you don't even have to contribute to appreciate it's value. And you definitely don't have to follow people who abuse it just because they are you friends or family. For example, I follow some specified news sources to stay up on things I'm interested in, a few comedians for comic relief, and a select handful of friends and family who occasionally use it to share content I would be interested in.