Twitter and Social Alchemy

Last weekend the NY Times printed a fascinating piece on Twitter, the social networking system that invites its users to disclose what they are doing on virtually a real time basis via bite-sized “mini-blogs”, entitled “The Global Sympathetic Audience”.

The article’s centerpiece was a Twitter user who posted that he was going to commit suicide, and then got a deluge of responses from other users urging him to reconsider (he didn’t go through with it, but not because of that reaction).

I admit I’ve had mixed feelings about Twitter myself – I registered many months ago, but have really yet to post to it. Between my life, my job, my blog, and everything else, I haven’t been able to get to the point where I can chronicle my activities in that manner.

Nevertheless, as the story points out there are lots of people (and I know many of my blogging friends are in this group) who see a great value to these oftentimes personal and emotionally raw interactions.

Biz Stone, one of the founders of Twitter, puts it this way:

β€œA sort of social alchemy happens. You put this stuff out there and you don’t know what happens. You might make a friend, get a job or a date.”

Or your fellow “Twitterers” coax you off of a ledge. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that – a wonderful illustration of the compassionate and empathetic nature of the human race.

So Twitter away, my friends and readers, if you have the time to pull it off. One of these days I may jump in myself, if I could only find a way to do it telepathically…… πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend!


  1. kirk says

    It has been a while Mr. Starbucker.

    Although not telepathic, Jott( may help you out with Twitter. You can leave Jott a voice mail message via your phone and they transcribe your message and post it to your Twitter page. Pretty cool stuff. They can also post your blogs…although your message can only be 30 seconds long…you may not get all that for your postings!


  2. Chris Cree says

    Terry, I’m a fan of Twitter because I can jump in and out whenever I want and there always seems to be some conversation going. It’s sorta like a never ending Open Comment Night over at!

    If you aren’t online (and you have unlimited txt messaging) you can keep up with the conversation on your Blackberry, TREO, etc. too.

  3. Terry Starbucker says

    Hi Kirk and Chris – thanks for your comments.

    Kirk, welcome back! I gotta check out that Jott site. Thanks for the tip.

    Chris, one of these days I’ll give Twitter a shot – it seems like they provide a lot of options to do it. So maybe, just maybe one day Terry Starbucker will be a’twittering! πŸ™‚

    All the best to you both.

  4. terri says

    I signed up on twitter too, mainly because I saw so many others doing it and wanted to join the fun. To be honest, I don’t get the attraction.

  5. Terry Starbucker says

    Hi Terri, thanks for your comment. There seems to be quite a love/hate thing going on with this – I guess it’s just a matter of how “connected” we want to be with the rest of our online friends (and how much time we have to do it).

    All the best!

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