by Paul Moss, edmerger.com
There can be no more important life lesson than this. Forget about Math, English, Science, Technology. They are all pointless unless students understand this most simplest of lessons. Yet in our society, we give away this power so easily. We willingly believe that others have more than us, that they are somehow better, more successful, wiser, smarter, and we need to become more like them.
There are (at least) two types of Twitter users: those who use it to garner professional ideas and develop diverse resources, and others who use it to promote personal agendas. For the latter, Twitter becomes a seedy smoke-filled dim lit den of iniquity, a place where people play with their self-esteems and personal confidences with reckless abandon, sometimes with a poker face, sometimes showing their whole hand, sometimes betting their life savings.
These types of users are the ones who every day find themselves trying to attract a certain ‘famous’ tweeter, soliciting reaction to a comment, trying to be a part of the in crowd, replying to comments that have no interest to them other than advancing their own cause/brand. As a new comer to the Twitter universe I found myself desperate for attention, addicted to the sound of my email service teasing me to the possibility of an interaction to a comment, a direct message, or, the grand daddy of them all, a follower.
I sometimes found myself replying to people’s comments because I thought it would gain me a connection, all the while if I met this person outside of my Tweet deck I may not have any interest in them, or them in me. My obsequious behaviour justified in my mind, to promote me, to further my business. Such condition made me consider and reflect.
It couldn’t go on like that.
I realized that the only time I ever really felt at ease using Twitter or any other social media or communication was when I forget about agenda, and was just myself. A moment of enlightenment. A moment of inner wisdom, desperate to emerge. And it did.
Since then, I have made this my personal twitter philosophy. And you know the funniest thing always happens now – when I’m myself, I receive more interaction. Oh for a world like this to continue.
Hope I can stay so strong.
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