I’d recommend you pop over to Irene Koehler’s blog and read this post:
Moments and The Power of Not Laughing
Irene has articulated something which I really love about twitter, one of the subtle qualities which outside observers miss.
Twitter enables us to have small, regular and relatively unrestricting contact with a huge range of people. Yet people who ‘get’ twitter find they develop very strong relationships with some of their contacts on the platform.
With each tiny conversation, we learn more about each other, and relationships build with the people we have the strongest connections with. Through multiple iterations, we naturally filter the people we genuinely find a connection with, as we go along.
Our supportive contacts challenge us to be ourselves, to take the opportunities which come along. This helps us to be ourselves, it helps us grow.
Have you noticed this?