In response to this week’s Creative Review Question of the Week: “To blog or not to blog: Do you?” I’ll set out where I stand. And try to avoid the cliché’s.
As I’ve mentioned before – I see blogs and twitter merely as an extension to natural conversation – a way of allowing replay and sharing of what somebody has to say like a Sky+ for real life.
“Twitter is like Sky+ at a bar, quick bits of info and inspiration saved for whenever. Blogs are like Sky+ for a dinner party evening. Debate, conversation and meaningful chatter or a soapbox to voice an opinion there for replaying or sharing.”
In a life packed with little space, these mediums allow us all a space to have these natural interactions, but with the whole world, and for a like-minded group to engage with it.
Last night I attended the RSA’s talk on connected minds – about the need for social connectivity. I met up with two people I’ve interacted with through twitter too – now that’s real life enriched by a digital medium. As John Cacioppo pointed out; social media can enrich social connections for people who already have good social interaction. But for people suffering from loneliness who’ve not broken out of the mental state, it can lead to further loneliness, fooling the brain into believing it’s connected. That’s where we need to watch out, and not let it take over our meaningful real life social life.
Now many people on the comments, such as Ed, struggle with Twitter’s meaning. He’s not alone, I grappled with the concept for a while too but now find it an invaluable tool.
Well If you begin to seek out and follow people who are tweeting within a topic, hobby or industry you have passion in – and then you comment, share and re-tweet about said topics – then you quickly begin to entwine yourself in a like-minded online community. All of you can then feed off each other and subsequently extend your real life social network.
It’s no different really to how you find friends when you move house for example: You begin conversation with somebody, who introduces you to somebody else who shares your morals, hobbies or outlook, and you begin to gain a wider group of connections. And in the same way as Twitter should work you loose some you no longer trust or find interesting etc and on it goes.
Granted there are millions of people out there who chat banal tosh like Carolina mentioned in the comments section, and some who just use it to fool themselves into believing others are interested in their lives, but as socialising – the people with already socially-connected minds find good people and form meaningful, interesting relationships.
When twitter is used like this, your ‘Real Life’ gets better, more inspired, further enriched, and more socialy connected as a result.
It’s a life tool like the mobile, email, or a pub bar. Not something to replace life with.
Hope this helps those who for whatever reason see it as ‘pointless’.