Feliz cumpleaños, Twitter!

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It’s hard for me to believe that seven years have passed since Twitter flew into the social media arena (the online platform debuted on March 21, 2006; check out this Celebrating #Twitter7 video that details the history).

What about you?  Do you have a Twitter handle?  If so, how long have you been tweeting?  And, why do you appreciate the Twitter platform?

Or, if you’re not yet a Twitter user, why have you avoided joining the global chorus of tweets?

Those who know me might say that I’m a woman of many (many) words.  And, you’ve probably heard the old saying that opposites attract.

Something about the 140-character limit for tweets imposed by Twitter intrigued me from Twitter’s beginning.

I can’t recall exactly when I first began tweeting, but I used TwimeMachine recently to view some of my old tweets, and several of those old tweets date back to 2009.  For example, here’s an example of a tweet of mine from June 4, 2009:

have chuckled recently watching the latest tv ad in Cottonelle’s “puppy at the spa” campaign: http://www.cottonelle.com/ Thu Jun 04 15:27:08 +0000 2009

I would say that I’m “somewhat active” when it comes to composing tweets, however, when it comes to reading the tweets of others, I am, as Jimi would have said, experienced.

Reading and digesting the tweets of individuals around the world on Twitter is usually a thought-provoking and informative experience.  At times, though, the countless chorus of tweets can be deafening, and it’s sometimes hard to filter through all the words and Twitter noise.

Publilius Syrus once said, “Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.”

What do you think Twitter speech says about the soul and identity of men and women today?

When we’re at a point where we can buy Twitter sneakers, there’s no arguing that Twitter has made an impact on our modern society.  The question is:  what kind of impact?

How are you handling Twitter?

Twitter Handle shirtDo you have a Twitter handle (ex. @RuthDobson)?  Have you ever tweeted?  Do you understand the meaning of the word hashtag?

With an estimated 200 million+ global users, Twitter is an online social networking platform of which you’re most likely already aware.

The Trends functionality within the standard Twitter profile allows users to see discussion topics in virtual real-time that are trending and most popular among other users located in different geographic locations around the world.  Basically, the Trends function allows you to quickly and easily discover sentiments of others related to current world events and global happenings, as well as countless past, present and future-related ideas and items of interest.

For example, after selecting the “Worldwide” setting within the Trends function, I discovered that the following topics were most popular among users tweeting earlier today, October 8, 2011:

RIP Al Davis

Do any of the above hashtags or phrases peak your interest enough to search Twitter to learn more?  Or, would you be more interested in seeing topics that were or are trending in your local neighborhood?

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died three days ago, and millions of global Twitter users have expressed their reactions to Jobs’ passing via tweets.  Searching the hashtag, #stevejobs, on Twitter today reveals the continued sentiments of many organizations and individuals in tweets, such as:

BrooklynBrewery The Brooklyn Brewery
Paying our respects to a man who changed the world bit.ly/qwQpdb #stevejobs

Cathy Salazar
Retweet if you are touching an Apple product #SteveJobs #iSad

Declan Cashin
Gawker: What everyone is too polite to say about #SteveJobs gaw.kr/rqD5xV

Beppe Grillo
[Commento] 10 years ago we had #SteveJobs, #BobHope and #JohnnyCash. Now we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash goo.gl/EvYkI

Siegfried Woldhek
A portrait of #SteveJobs. The man with golden eyes http://ow.ly/6RccO

eorlins Eliza Orlins
Walking by the #apple store at 14th street. Moved by the tribute to #SteveJobs. twitpic.com/6wody1

yoanifromcuba Yoani Sanchez
#Cuba I was born in a society where talent and desire to innovate can be politically penalized . But you inspired me #stevejobs

NewYorker The New Yorker
Steve Jobs was a great businessman. But was he a great artist? nyr.kr/o1VesB #SteveJobs

Maybe the most appropriate question to raise is not the question, “Do you have a Twitter handle?”    Maybe a better question is, “Are you using Twitter to search out different perspectives and discover different worlds?”

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