Thursday, 5 January 2012
Twitter is not a load of throw away comments
I had no way of explaining to people just how great twitter can be; mostly because you can't explain what an alien is to those who don't know there's any possibility of life beyond earth. Besides which I prefered not to worry about what people may think of my twittering; I enjoy it and find it fulfilling and that's all that really matters. I have gained huge support from twitter through my training and formation and have had the opportunity to learn from people I otherwise would never have had the chance to meet; but that's been my own personal business.
In the last week however I have managed to get myself into some pretty amazing twitter conversations on theology, society and the nature of the meaning of life. I was caught into debates which went on for several hours, involving dozens of people and going into the real depth of issues which are rarely talked about. I was challenged, I was confused at points, I learned a lot, I enjoyed myself entirely.
If you think that twitter is just a load of throw away comments about meals and tv and celebrities let me assure you that it is, but it's also so much more! Good things happen in those 140 characters and it really help me learn to explain myself more succinctly.