Today I took part in an online exchange that was very meaningful to me, even though it was probably a fleeting thought to the other person. Though it may seem silly, something as small as a return tweet can really make someone’s day. Tonight was a good example of this.
I follow many people on Twitter and pay particular attention to those people who actually use the service, instead of those who use it exclusively as a PR tool. If you use Twitter, you know exactly what I mean. When those users make statements online, I occasionally respond. That is what “real” twitter users are going for, right?
In the past I have received comments, or been retweeted by, a number of pseudo-celebrities. Almost everyone involved with the TWiT podcasts that I follow has at one time or another engaged with me on Twitter. This has included Jeff Jarvis, Gini Trapani, Paul Thurrott, Mary Jo Foley, and Steve Gibson. These names will not mean anything to most, but in my little world having an Xbox question answered by Paul or receiving a retweet from Jeff Jarvis is quite a big deal.
Beyond these tech-celebs, I have also received a response back from Stuart Scott after making a joke about his golf game. He seemed to think it was funny. I also called Bill Prady (creator of the Big Bang Theory) an idiot. He responded without returning my rudeness, thus ensuring a level of respect from me that few strangers enjoy.
My two most recent mentions were two of my favorites. Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, Chicago Code, Terriers) responded to a comment I made about Joe Paterno. He had been ranting about him for a while. This was meaningful because he was involved with two of my all-time favorite shows, The Shield and The Unit. Speaking the Shield, tonight Michael Chiklis agreed with something I said. That made my day big time. He was the lead character in my favorite show and played my favorite character ever, Vic Mackey.
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much all of this post sounds like the squealings of a 12 year old girl, but I actually do have a point. I want to thank the people who use Twitter as a tool for conversation, not broadcasting. I especially want to thank, and would like to further encourage, those users with a large number of followers to continue conversing. It took Michael Chiklis two seconds to say something to me, but it’s a memory that I will carry for a long time. I hope we all take two seconds here and there to brighten someone’s day.