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Yeah I don't know how I got lucky - must be my network, but I find it extremely helpful when:
-i'm working up a design and need feedback (or they need it from me)
-i'm thinking through communications principles/standards and need to float it by my peeps (or them me)

on the personal side, it's an amazing way for my best friend and i to be closely connected, since she in in Minneapolis, MN and I'm in Erie, PA. :-(

It definitely does take discipline for me though. I can't always be checking it, and I need Tweetdeck to eliminate the noise and chatter so I can focus on the people/things I need to.

also, i really need to read my comments before i post them. went caveman up there a couple of times!!

maybe it's because i hate small talk.

i think these are such true words for many, if not most of us. i'm on that end of Twitter that does a lot more "following" than communicating, and it absorbs SO much time. i can see where it's created a sense of disillusionment, where i'm constantly keeping reality in a state of checks n' balances.

i know that Twitter is being used for the universal good, i just wonder sometimes what the long-term effects of its rapid progressiveness will be.

It hasn't been a huge time sink for me yet. I use TwitterBar, which allows me to post to twitter directly from my browser address bar. As a result, it only takes me a couple seconds to post throughout the day (since my browser is usually open throughout the day).

I don't interact with others as much as I should, but I'm working on it. For me, I've just set aside 15 minutes or so to reply to all my replies and comment on what others are saying. I'll usually set a time limit for myself. That way, no matter how much I've done, I'm stop when my time's up.

Now facebook, that's a different story...

-Marshall Jones Jr.

P. S. Here I'll tweet this post out too. :>)

I will agree that Twitter can be a time hog if you let it. However, like Danielle, I have found it has saved me time. It can provide quick and real feedback from real people, not suggestions from a website that are outdated.

But, far more valuable than being a resource of information and feedback, are the relationships Twitter has started and fostered in my world. I too hate small talk, Ben. But I've found that Twitter is more than small talk - people share stuff on twitter that it may take 3, 4, 5 hours of conversation to get down to. It's that whole screen security thing. When I meet people offline who I "know" through Twitter the small talk is out of the way and deeper conversation happens more quickly. I have developed friendships with people I otherwise may not have through Twitter. As our world grows larger, I feel like Twitter is a way to keep it small. It allows us to connect with people outside of our immediate "world."

This is making me think. I think I'll tweet about it.

oh the mockery =)

Twitter zaps a lot of time for me.
I don't think I am addicted, I just think I am going to miss something. It is hard for me to let go sometimes, okay maybe I am a little addicted.

I definitely know that my work value and productivity suffers at times.

If a communication tool worked optimally for everybody, we'd only have 1.

And some of us have considerably less to do than others, Capt Busy Pants. ;)

Good fodder for discussion.

Of course you've done what we all have a tendency to do, search for evidence (Seth's book) in support of an already held belief (Twitter is bad) instead of seeking evidence that is counter to what you believe.

And Seth's example is very much true for him. But his conclusion is too simplistic (reduce the amount of time you are on the internet). If you reduce any activity to 1/10 of what you did before you're going to be more productive - it could be TV watching, it could be eating potato chips - you'll have more time to focus on other things. Right up until new unproductive activities intrude. Then you've got to thin back again.

Twitter, telephone networks, priests, rabbis - they are all in direct competition with each other. Each seeking to mediate and control the already existing connections between us all.

I think its what you make of it. I like the fact that I can communicate with people all over the world. And since I'm not a work a holic I find that when I am working on a project, twitter provides some great down time to just have fun. Maybe its not fun for everyone. Marc would hate it because he hates chit chat also. But if it wasn't for twitter I would not have come in to contact with half of the people I have (including you Ben). And many of those people have provided not only great conversation, but great advice and encouragement.

Ben - thanks, I think. I too hate small talk. If you ever find yourself in Des Moines, IA and want coffee and a decent, in-depth conversation send me a note.

Mike I deleted my comment because I totally misread you. You've got a great heart - I thought you were attacking when you clearly weren't and my defensive side came out which I've been trying to extinguish for years. If u email me your address at the link below my photo I'd like to send you the story DVD

I just got back from an in person meeting with a guy who I initially came in contact with via Twitter. He's from Nashville and was in my town today for a conference. We've already done "real" business together and are looking at additional ways to collaborate that could lead to some pretty exciting things. I've had several experiences like that (finding freelancers, resources, biz partners, new voices, etc). For me it's worked because I am intentional with it and I've learned how to leverage the time wisely.

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