I woke up today to a tweet in response to a tweet I had published:
@trevoryoung or at least a very personal account where we can talk Geelong, Kate Ceberano and my strange relationship to PRs
— Warren D (@nottheword) April 30, 2017
I realised at that point maybe I had dropped off in the personal connection stakes when it came to Twitter.
I’m coming up to 10 years on Twitter. I’ve always tried to find the balance between sharing content (my own and other people’s) and connecting personally with people on the platform. I try and do it every day but obviously I’m not doing it to the level that I could be. Warren (aka @nottheword) noticed this, and called me out.
Warren is a long-term Twitter cohort. someone I’ve jousted with (nicely) with over the journey. He knows and understands Twitter as much as anyone.
We’ve had some stimulating conversations, and I must say I’ve tended to miss this banter across the board generally with others in recent times as Twitter has veered towards more of a broadcast channel. I’ve bemoaned that fact with a few people recently but until now realise I have been part of the problem – I’ve got the balance wrong between sharing stuff and showing up for proactive conversation.
So, starting today, I’m going to ‘double down’ on the personal connection I have with people on Twitter. After all, this really is the power (and attraction) of Twitter.
I will continue to share my own content and other people’s – it’s what I do, and I know people get a lot of value from it – but I’m going also going to be more proactive in jumping into conversations and sparking discussion and debate. It’s something I’ve done from day one of Twitter, but I’ve dropped the ball in recent times.
If you’re on Twitter, come say hello – I’m @trevoryoung.
Oh, and thank you Warren!