To succeed on Twitter, you have to be two things: articulate and authentic. To be articulate, you have to express your opinion with a lot of conviction. The occasional gray areas, yes, but mostly, there’s black and white. There’s good and there’s evil. There’s right and there’s wrong. There’s cool and there’s loserville. The only downside that is now undoubtedly upside in Twitterverse is that geek is chic.
But conviction comes with confidence that you are absolutely right. That what you’re saying is the right thing. But what if, what if you think you haven’t exhausted all the options? all the possibilities? And that even if you’re right, what if thinking differently about the topic is better than perpetuating the discussion on the same question simply because you’ve become an expert on it? What if, all you want to do is observe and chronicle events as they unfold and not have to be one of the million others who voice their own opinion, most of which they probably didn’t dwell on too much and had they had more time, their opinion would be otherwise? What if coming to the right conclusion is not as good as coming up with the next question?
So having high conviction is not something I can do because I think there are experts around the world that know more about a lot of the key issues being discussed out there and that I really can’t say anything with a lot of conviction unless I give it due thought and research, which you can’t do in Twitterverse.
I guess that’s why Twitter is a ‘social’ media. I particularly like the jokes, the a-ha moments and the random thoughts. But when it comes to reason, there’s a lot of noise. A lot of half-thoughts. A lot of heart but not a lot of mind.
Hah, but even now as I blog I’m doing it live. No edits. No drafts.
On authenticity, how do you appear authentic in front of an audience you don’t know? One person might get a joke, another person might not. What about the in-between dialogue. I feel like I’m always coming into a conversation half-way.
To be authentic you need to know yourself: you have an identity that you can then show to the universe. But most people live their life in silos. And sometimes it’s better to keep things separate. In a world that is so public, it’s good to keep some things in private. But if you keep some things locked out, it makes it very hard to be authentic.
What’s interesting is that a young person is more likely to be authentic and opinionated on Twitter. The world is just waiting to be conquered and the consequences are likely only going to affect you and you alone. Not the stockmarket. Not people’s savings. Not your family or friends.
So I’m still on that journey on how to be ‘real’ on Twitter. I’m sure I’m overthinking it. But when you’re happier observing what the world is doing, rather than sharing your thoughts every minute, it’s a struggle.
Not always in a bad way though. Twitter can be a window to someone’s soul. And some of the tweets crack me up.
But yes, to succeed on Twitter, you have to be real and authentic. I take my hats off to those already there.