Monday, May 2, 2011

We are not twits, we are awesome!

When non-social media peeps dismiss twitter and blogging as self-interested updates about what we had for lunch and what we're watching on telly, I am gobsmacked.

Especially if it's a journalist dissing social media.

All the huge worldwide events and tragedies have broken on twitter first. It's been the go-to place for all big news updates, especially during natural disasters. Tweets flood in on where to go and where to help out. Who is okay, who need help? Which areas are affected?

 When the Qld flood clean-up was going on, a call was put out for drinking water for volunteers working along a particular street in Rocklea, I got in my little car, drove to a nearby shop, filled the back seat with water, and drove to the closest point I could to the floodbound area of Rocklea. And began handing out chilled bottles of water to thirsty, mad-spattered volunteers.

I'm not a saint, and I'm not sharing this for praise.

I'm sharing this to show the power of twitter.

 Emergency services couldn't get everywhere. But the People's Army could, and they needed a hand.

Physically, I couldn't do a lot to help, because of my arthritis. Financially, I couldn't help a lot either. But I could bloody well use all the spare cash in the house to buy water and drive to the area that needed it, and hand it out.

And that, my dears, is the power of twitter.

But it's more than that.

I've made fantastic friends via twitter. And blogging.

People of all ages and from all walks of life. People I NEVER would have come across in 'real' life. And people with whom I have so much in common, despite geography, career, income, marital status and/or sexual orientation.

I've never had an internet romantic relationship, but I sure have met some lovely people and developed some great Girl Crushes on people who rock.

Recently, a blogger I admire, VegemiteVix, from the other side of the world, let me know she was in Bris. Vegas and keen for a meet up. The lovely Nikki from StylingYou joined us, and OMG, we nattered on for ages.

See?

From left: Me, Vicki, and Nikki. Photo courtesy of friendly Wagamama waiter.

We met at Wagamama at Indooroopilly, where we each opted for a Bento Box and juice. I had the tofu one, and it was delicious.

Mmmm, bento box

Anyway, anyone who says twitter is full of twits can go jump, because these are the people I tweet with.

They are real people, with real lives - full of fun, joy, loss, disappointment and everything else that The Universe throws at us.

You can't see him but there is a little boy next to Styling You called Flynn, who is her son, and was so beautifully behaved I would have quite happily taken him home with me.

(Not that I would do that, because that would be, well weird. And Nikki might not like me anymore...).

Anyway, an awesome time was had by all, and I can't wait for the next time I meet some of my fave tweeps.

Readers, have you ever met tweeps or blogging fans, and how did it work out?

13 comments:

LINDA the SCRAP_ADDICT said...

Bronwyn, it is the same with me and scrapbooking forums, I have met so many wonderful friends via the computer and had the pleasure of meeting "in the flesh" at Retreats.
It is a wonderful way of making our friend circle that little bit wider..

Have a good day :)

~LINDA~

Veggie Mama said...

I'm soooo sad I missed this! And a tofu bento box and everything. Surely we'll catch up soon xox

Pauline said...

Around the year 2000 I used to chat on line to a young Canadian man my daughter eventually met when she went on her OE and ended up married to him. She did, that is! And one of my closest friends is a man I met through blogging. No romance, just a wonderful friendship. I think we learn a lot about each other by how we express ourselves in writing.
I agree the knockers can go jump.

Ms Styling You said...

I'm behind in my reader reading, Bron, and just found this gorgeous post. It's so true about the power of social media. There should be more lunches as a result!

traceyb65 said...

when the tweet went out from Kerri Sackville about her book launch, i cursed because it was a Thursday and in Sydney — out of the question! with a little encouragement from my beautiful hubby, i hatched a plan to escape to the City and to the launch, and spent the next three days swanning around the City with a group of people i had NEVER met In Real Life.

being a Mum with a home-based business, i don't get 'out' that much, and truly don't get to meet new, like-minded people … having connected through the social medium of Twitter, it was like the best first date ever!

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Marg said...

I love meeting up with people I have met up with through blogging and Twitter. There are times when it didn't work out, but more often than not there is already a connection between us!

Hear Mum Roar said...

Isn't it funny? I usually find people who have this perception really haven't tried twitter out

Mrs Catch said...

Twitter is fantastic. But *sigh* it's all about time. I'm a fellow Brisbanite. Must get to one of those meets soon. Would love to meet you all.

Mum2Five said...

Popping by from the Rewind! I must admit that I was quite ignorant about Twitter before I became apart of it, but it's an invaluable forum that I'm so happy to have joined. Awesome post! Xx

Kellie said...

Coincidentally, I just met my first bunch of tweeps/bloggers this week and they were all fabulous! Can't wait for my chance to meet more.
PS. LOOOOVVEE the power of Twitter!

MultipleMum said...

I don't tweet but I do blog. People who don't just don't get it do they? Thanks for Rewinding this Weekend x

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

The only place I've really met up with tweeps and bloggers was at AusBlogCon and it was awesome!

Visiting from the REwind.

Naomi said...

I used to get very defensive about blogging and twitter, trying to explain it to those who looked at me with pity.
Now I don't bother. They have no idea what they are missing out on.