Twitter – a place where real communities form

It’s been ages since I posted a blog here. I’ve still been writing as much as possible for Vertical Leap’s search marketing blog, but spare time has been a cherished occasion over the last few months – there has been a hell of a lot going on lately.

I’d had ideas of blogs to post here, but not actually started writing anything – there will be more to come in the future.

But events yesterday have motivated me to get something moving, so I decided to focus on yesterdays events a bit for something to write about.

Twitter is a place where communities form – I’m sure this applies to other social media sites, quite likely forums and blogs too, but I’ve seen evidence of a really strong community bond over the past 24 hours.

You form groups on twitter around those with similar interests. I work in search marketing, so probably 3 in every 4 people I follow are based in the same field jobs wise.

You share ideas on what things are working for you – work out things that have caused you problems to try and help others stop things before they become a problem. Lots of people in this industry, hopefully myself included, reach out to help people on a daily basis when it’s asked for.

But that makes it sound rather dry and dusty, just about the work. It’s far more than that to be honest.

I love trying to find out more about people. I’m a social animal. Those that know me in life, know that I talk a lot. Sometimes I don’t know when to shut up and that probably applies to twitter use at times too.

But there are plenty of other people out there who are just as interested in the people behind the avatars too. So, you talk – about musical likes and dislikes, sports, films and tv, share funny videos and images and comics that you find here and there.

You make jokes with people and share some fun times. When things frustrate you, there is a platform for you to vent that frustration. There have been times when I’ve needed to talk to someone to get things off my chest and twitter has supplied me the friends necessary to help me out.

As a result of my twitter use, I’ve gone out and met some of these industry folks that I talk to, and it’s been great – I’ve turned online relationships into real friendships.

One friend on twitter did more than most to get that ball rolling. I’m sad to have learned that he died on Thursday.

RIP Jaamit – almost a year ago, with the first Brightonseo event, you convinced me to get in the train from Portsmouth to Brighton on a cold night, not knowing anyone that would be attending.

You greeted me saying it felt like we’d been friends for years. We barely ha a chance to chat as you were so busy with the organising of the night and DJ’ing, but there were plenty of interesting folks and friends to be made that night.

You were welcoming again the other times I saw you and for that I am grateful.

Thank you for convincing me to do that.

You will clearly be missed, as I am clearly not the only one who you had this influence on.

Twitter yesterday was unlike anything I’d ever seen. So, so many people were so shocked and saddened by the situation. At times it was the quietest I have known my feed to be – and it has never been as polarised on just the one topic.

Farewell my friend. And much love to all those that knew him far better than I ever had a chance to in real life. We’re all thinking of you.

3 thoughts on “Twitter – a place where real communities form

  1. Really nice post, Pete. I saw the moving tributes and shocked comments about Jaamit yesterday.

    I never met him and didn’t follow him on Twitter. But, through the activity on Twitter yesterday I was able to understand that Jaamit was an excellent person who improved the lives of those he met. Very sad stuff, yet at the same time encouraging to see so much genuine support and warmth.

    Take care mate.


  2. People often ask me “why do bad things happen? And if there is a God, why does he take good people?” Experience has shown me that these tragic events are the catalyst to make us stop look & listen. To take our focus off of the temporal material world & provoke us to remember the one thing that matters most. True value. Love. }i{

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