The Evolution of my Global Network

by | January 12, 2009

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!

5 thoughts on “The Evolution of my Global Network

  1. James

    And will update all of them. I’m grappling with the use I have for Twitter. That’s why I killed, then created anew, my account. I’m trying to find a way to blend all my social web tools into something that will be useful to me as there are too many time sucks.

    I know it sounds awful, but I hate random frequent text updates via Twitter, so I’m really grappling with it because I’d like it to be more contextual to focused interests, but perhaps that’s too much.

    1. LeodeSousa Post author

      James, thanks for the comments. Yes I have been using too. I suppose that Twitter works for me because I put “mental tags” on the people I connect with so I can quickly scan if it is an Enterprise Architecture message, personal message, information message, etc. Using the # to put tags in a message helps for searchability but seems a bit clunky to me too. Cheers. Leo

  2. Victor

    Great post. Personally I don’t see anywhere else that can provide such an amalgamation of all my interests and provide the same quality of instant feedback.

  3. Ric

    As a recent convert to Twitter I agree. It is a fantastic way to build networks – something I am doing slowly and deliberately.

    There is another aspect to the tweeting experience I’d like to mention. In the family (and small-scale tribal contexts) where all our psycho-social wiring was established, (as individuals and as a species), relationships are established and maintained through countless low-effort micro-exchanges – not just the ‘big’ discussions or purposeful transactions. The capacity of this ‘small talk’ to form the foundations of relationships is undermined by the volume and anonymitiy of trivial interactions in contemporary life.

    I think a technology like Twitter replaces the old in-the-same-paddock reinforcement of social bonds with something almost as effective and effortless that is suited to our current world. Social proximity can once again be established through effortless small-talk: without having to ‘meet up’, ‘make time’, or ‘get together’.

    And professionally we are, in turn, more likely to listen to, exchange thoughts with, or help those to whom we feel socially near.

    1. LeodeSousa Post author

      Ric, great insight. I especially like the analogy to the “small talk”. I think you are bang on. Cheers, Leo


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