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:
“A 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……
Have a great weekend!