Twitter is getting a lot of criticism these days and starting to experiment with some changes to attract more users.
Twitter has always been my favorite social network. You can communicate with anyone. You can make connections with people in your field that you would have never met otherwise. It has the potential to lead to some incredible joint-ventures.
The movie and TV show that is likely to be the next Game of Thrones had it’s origins on Twitter. Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame reached out to fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss to tell him he appreciated his work. At first, Rothfuss didn’t think much of it:
“He tapped me on Twitter way back in the day, and I go, ‘Oh, you’re a music guy! Good for you, music guy! I bet you do good music stuff!'” (Source)
Thankfully Rothfuss’s friends freaked out and explained to him how big a deal it was to get a Tweet from Miranda.
Rothfuss flew to New York, met Miranda after seeing Hamilton. One thing led do another and the two of them are working together to bring Rothfuss’s bestselling series to the big screen.
How to Finally “Get Twitter”
I didn’t “get Twitter” until I had a similar encounter with a big name in my industry. I was trying out Twitter and started following people. I followed Lisa Hendey, the founder of a popular blog my audience loved, and she actually responded:
It was a real life human connection.
Human connection . . . that’s what so many people miss when they try to “do” social media.