A few weeks ago, I finally looked into Twitter. It is something I kept meaning to do, but never quite did. Well, I finally got too many emails to ignore asking me to hop on Twitter (yes, I was on before Oprah!) :) I had absolutely NO CLUE what I was doing at first, but I have been gradually learning each day that I have been on Twitter. I still have some questions regarding some minor things, but overall - I think I am starting to establish my own style. Here are my thoughts so far on Twitter:
1) It is so highly collaborative, and people just love to help each other out!
2) I feel like I am part of a great big special family! I love feeling so connected to so many people, and have already made some terrific friends! Some that I have met through my blog, but some completely new friends.
3) Let's face it - it's fun to know that someone just heard something funny at one of the parks RIGHT AWAY when it happens!
4) It's a fun way to look at your life. It makes me constantly think of fun, light and positive things to write about, as opposed to focusing on negative things
5) It is a very different feeling than writing a blog. I actually like both of them. I don't get quite as much feedback through the blog yet, but will get instant feedback if I want on Twitter.
I have been so excited to see so many Disney bloggers on Twitter. The Disney community is like one big family, and they have been so welcoming to me since I started MyDisneyBlog.com. The Disney community on Twitter is just as warm and welcoming! Disney people are the salt of the earth, and I am honored to get to know these people more and more!
Yesterday, I was kind of bummed, because I arrived in Kansas City for a training class. I really miss my family, and then the airline lost my luggage. So, I asked a question on Twitter about where to get the best barbecue in Kansas City. Within a few minutes, I had several great answers - very specific and all in the spirit of trying to help me out. I was also able to thank the staff of the Homewood Suites on Polo Drive in Kansas City. They felt very bad that my luggage was not going to arrive that day, and wanted to be sure I was going to be ok. I got to thank them on Twitter (and in person, of course!). I got to tell people that they can rely on the front desk staff at this spotless hotel, which I believe is very important!
I'm really glad I got a chance to watch Ashton Kutcher and Sean Combs on Larry King last night, because they were discussing that there is no right way or wrong way to use Twitter. They explained that everyone had their own "style," and that it was OK - and good - to have their own style.
How about you? Have you been using Twitter for a long time? Have you just started recently? Or, are you not particularly interested in starting? I would love to hear your thoughts!!
--- Disney Dean
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