Initially, I was quite reluctant to get involved with Twitter. I just didn’t get it. Who wants to hear about what Katy Perry had for breakfast? Well, turns out quite a lot of people do …
But that isn’t the joy of Twitter. Someone once compared it to being at a party and having loads of fab people to chat with … but online. The more I use it — and dip in and out as the time/mood takes me — the more I realize just how great it is.
News stories break on Twitter. Reactions to those news stories are immediate on Twitter. We all know what’s important (or at the least, amusing) depending on what is trending on the site. Friendships are formed, alliances made. Recently, a friend of mine was desperately searching for her mother who suffers from the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease; she had gone missing earlier that day whilst out walking her dogs. My buddy tweeted this, and it was retweeted and retweeted until a kind woman saw it and remembered seeing a lady walking her dogs a few hours previously. She jumped in her car, retraced her journey, and found my friend’s mum. Every time I think of that story, it brings tears to my eyes — the day that Twitter brought my friend’s mum home.
I’m still getting used to the lingo and how to best use hashtags and how to express myself in 140 characters (not easy for the Irish girl who chats a glass eye to sleep). But one thing I know is this: for me, Twitter isn’t about what I say — it is about what I learn from those I follow.
So, here are 10 people to follow on Twitter for everything from daily jokes and inspirational quotes to great political commentary and the latest in fashion. And if there are more I should be following — and I’m sure there are tons — then holler @crummymummywd !