Ah, Twitter. You and I have had an interesting relationship over the years. More than once, I tried to start using you only to find your streams of information hard to follow and distracting at the same time. You’re unfair, too. While some tweet innocuous nonsense to millions of followers, I see my followers come in slowly, oh so slowly.
But I come back because your creativity is unstoppable. Where else can I find KimKierkegaardashian, “The philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard mashed up with the tweets and observations of Kim Kardashian.” Where else could Oreo have perhaps the best social media marketing moment of all time during a Super Bowl blackout? Hey, the Pope tweets.
I found out about Michael Jackson’s death from you, faster than any media site. I discovered that the news media, attempting to be fast, had to follow you to even keep up with the world. Sadly, I knew about the Boston Bombings when my Twitter app began to resemble a stock ticker. I had friends that were there and you were our connection.
But now you’re about to have your IPO and you’re starting to look more like the future than tech stalwarts like Dell. You’ve rewritten the rules for how people share ideas and had a major role in toppling governments.
You’ve come a long way, Baby.