This past Monday, social media/microblogging outlet Twitter turned five. Co-founded by Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, Twitter now has an estimated 190 million users and its estimated value is $10 million. Truth be told, I once did a search on my blog and found that its estimated value was listed for anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000. When I saw that dollar amount, I had a good laugh. What factors went into that valuation, I wondered. Nobody ever talked to me about my traffic or my Google Analytics report.
Regardless of how the market values Twitter, I value Twitter. A lot. Yes, I enjoy blogging and its ability to provide great content and to challenge me in new ways as a writer. I also enjoy learning and interacting on others’ blogs.
But Twitter is a new and interesting beast – 140 characters forces all of us to do something that blogs cannot force us to do – get to the point. I enjoy how Twitter allows us to list and to interact in real time with anyone and anything we find interesting.
In nearly two years that I’ve been on Twitter, I have some good memories: getting to know and appreciate the ultra-passionate wine connoisseur/social media evangelist @garyvee, reading and laughing with @JaySchryer and his lyrical Tweets, reading @JaneBeNimble’s awesome micropoetry, learning about the numerous networking events in and around Chicago and so much more. Twitter has also given Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) a prominent writing voice.
Unfortunately, Twitter has also informed me of some unfortunate events: The passing of Michael Jackson, Corey Haim and Barbara Billingsly; unrest in Iran, the oil spill in the Gulf and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Twitter is changing the way I receive my news and learn about different happenings in my neighborhood and around the world. It’s also opening my eyes to new possibilities and connections.
In future posts, I hope to share with you some ways that people are using Twitter to change the world. The more I learn, the more I am amazed at Twitter’s possibilities. No, Twitter does not replace face to face or water cooler conversations, but Twitter is a tool that, when used for the greater good, can make the world a better place.
In the meantime, here’s a great interview with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on NPR’s Fresh Air.
So how about you…how do you feel about Twitter? I’d love your input…