I first joined Twitter in 2009 and have been having a love affair with it ever since. My Man is known to walk into the room and demand in a whiny voice, “What are you tweeting about now?”
It’s a powerful feeling to know that I am in control of my influences, sources of knowledge, who I listen to and what I read about. I love getting my news first hand. I love subscribing to the NY Times instead of SMH, hearing about the Middle East from Mona Eltahawy instead of News Limited and following Mr Ricky Gervais for my daily belly laugh.
By following hashtags on Twitter, I’ve lived some of the most amazing news stories from my computer screen. Some recent tags that have stayed with me are #qldfloods, #olympics, #collarbomb, #syria, #obama2012, #japan and #neighbours, for a little weeknight satirical beat-up.
I think what I love the most about Twitter is just hearing about Stuff. Instant and unedited, from real people who are living in the moment.
No edit, no gloss.
Spelling mistakes, finer details, truth.
The perspective of people just like me.
One of the most unforgettable hashtags was in 2011, #prayersfortony.
At home, in the final stages of pregnancy with baby number 2, I followed this hashtag intently, walking around with my phone in hand, waiting for updates about this sad, horrific story. It was the unfortunate catalyst that sparked my interest in blogging and led me to follow some incredible (and previously unknown to me), Australian Women Writers.
Women Who Blog became an entire new realm of reality.
Mothers, grandmothers, single women, women without children; each blog tells a unique and important story.
Some of these stories stay with me for an hour, or a day. And some of these stories continue to haunt me for much longer; occupying my thoughts as I perform the most menial daily tasks.
As my love affair continues, I thank Twitter for these incredible stories that have helped shape my life and freshen my perspective.
When has Twitter had a profound effect on you?