Which Twitter are you using?

January 4, 2010

     We’re all on the same Twitter feed, aren’t we?  No, actually we each have our own customized feeds of those we choose to follow and I think we don’t realize how much these can differ. So is there really any such thing as a universal Twitter expert, guru, coach? Is there an Emily Post on Twitter that covers everyone? I don’t think so. You need to find and follow the people relevant to your particular community or communities. There are many different communities on twitter, and like communities anywhere they differ in customs and manners. Some people just endlessly tweet what they do all day, as so many people wrongly perceive Twitter is all about. Communities of online merchants see nothing wrong with talking about and promoting their offerings, public relations and marketing people see nothing wrong with endless self-examination of the effects of social medias on their fields. Charity fundraisers see nothing wrong with their endless appeals. Geeks chatter endlessly about the latest apps and gadgets, musicians connect and promote, writers network and chat. The list goes on and on.

     Some of the more well-known Twitter ‘personalities’ cross over many of these Twitterverses, but I’ve noticed lately a slightly schizophrenic tendency in their tweets and blogs as they try be universal to an increasingly diverse following. You can’t be all things to all people, as they say. And one set of rules of behavior won’t fit very different communities on Twitter. The way people use Twitter is their own affair, and shouldn’t be crammed down other’s throats like ‘the one true religion.’

     This is not to say there isn’t overlap, or that one is limited to one type of community. It’s my opinion one should broaden and connect with all types of people. I’m all over the place, and I think that has helped me realize how many different Twitters there are out there. And how different in intent and usage they are.

     Do you think there is some universal etiquette or set of customs applicable to everyone on Twitter?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Music and Medicine, A Love Story

October 10, 2009

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      There are all kinds of charities with all types of goals. They are all battling for a shrinking pool of funding in the present economy, often when their need is greatest. At this time it might be good to think about the smaller niche charities, who don’t have the well-known names. Some of them serve unique needs, and one such is #12for12k’s charity this month, “Musicians on Call“.

     There is much focus lately on health care, and rightly so. But no matter how good the health care, hospitals can be a pretty bleak place for the spirit. Musicians on Call provides musical services to those shut away in hospitals and other health care facilities. They provide several different services, such as actually bringing performers right to the bedside, providing CD libraries for patients, and even helping patients write and produce their own music. 

     We can’t all give a lot, but almost everyone can give a little. To read more from #12for12k about Musicians on Call, or to donate, go here.