The Evolution of my Global Network

A casual lunch room conversation crystalized something that has been in my thoughts over the past month.

One of our Service Desk analysts commented about my posting of status updates.  He said “You sure love Facebook don’t you? You are always posting status updates. Is that all you do all day??”  

I wanted to respond “Are you nuts? I am running harder than ever to keep up with work!”  Instead, I took a couple of seconds to digest his perceptive observation. (I will need some more thinking time about where I update my status and how … that is a different post.)  My response was “I rarely go onto to Facebook any more. I use Twitter to post updates and Facebook is one of the social network sites that I choose to update.” 

He said “Twitter what is that?”  I did a quick overview of Twitter which reminded me of a good post by JP Rangaswami.

At the end of his post, JP said :

“It is reasonable to suggest that when we got the world’s biggest copy machine (as Kevin Kelly called the internet) we would see another shift.

I think there is one more shift of significance. The ability to search and retrieve communications cheaply and quickly. Something that has just started happening.”

I explained to my colleague, Twitter has become an invaluable tool for me to build networks, to learn and to socialize.  I really value the connections I have on Twitter.  Essentially, I have a global support network with peers, colleagues and friends in:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • London, England
  • Cardiff, Wales
  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Vancouver, BC

Looking at this fine group of people that I follow, I can ask a question or get advice or comment 24 x 7  – they are my global support network enabled by Twitter.  Now that is cool and powerful!!  This is something I would not have dreamed of and realistically was not viable with the asynchronous nature of email, posting to listservs or discussion forums.

And JP you are absolutely right it is happening!