I’ve relaunched myself in Twitter.
In fact I registered in Twitter more than two years ago. Since then I didn’t spend much time to explore what Twitter could offer. For me Twitter has been a source of spam mails. I received in my e-mail in-box many followers, but most of them are from people I don’t know with strange ID photographs.
I met some people in Lift ’09 who said they had found business via Twitter. I logged in again to know what I could do with it, but couldn’t figure out how to use it in such a positive way.
My perception of Twitter has been changed.
In January, I met a Japanese TV crew in Davos conference who was tweeting from her iPhone every time when she had a moment. Me — “She uses Tweet to send her fresh feeling from Davos real-time. It’s a good idea!”
Then at Lift ’10 this month, the organising group actively used Twitter to collect questions from the audience during the conference. The group also posted real-time tweets in the Lift web site. Me — “A communication life style is changing fast. I want to join them!”
Now my view on Twitter is completely changed.
I found a friend in Tokyo was involved in an interesting project on the future of the Internet. I read many exciting notes directly from TEDx Tokyo, and was naturally guided to videos posted at YouTube and many blogs of the participants.
I started following people and companies I’m interested in. Professor Joe Stiglitz is already there. I found Mr. Son, CEO of SoftBank, a challenger of Japan’s ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) business using Twitter and a video media which SoftBank owns, Ustream, smartly connected to dispatch power communications. easyJet, a major European low-cost airline whose evolution process I have been monitoring since its launch, alerted by tweet a closure of Gatwick and Stanstead airports, the airline’s major access to London.
I have changed my Twitter name and ID photo, too, as I wanted to present myself better to a cloud of people who might come across my tweets.
Despite all the above, I still anticipate strange followers to catch my Tweet name from time to time. I don’t run away from them. I’ll just block them. Any media is not free from annoying users. Black mails by posts and silent callers when you’ve picked up a phone. Twitter is not an exception.
I’m more interested in learning by doing a rich potential of this new media than shutting a door away from it.
See you in Twitter, too!