Today is January 26, 2011 - India's 62nd Republic Day and as the day progressed I realized that I would be touching the 10,000 mark on twitter! Now, personally I don't believe that numbers be it your grades, or milestones matter much as I've always believed that these are just reflections of you, your act, your performance at that particular moment of time which eventually evaporate unless you're a Shah Rukh Khan or a Sachin Tendulkar.
What really matters is what did you do at that moment of time? Did you do something truly impeccable? Did you do something to make someone happy? Did you share something exemplary? Or, did you do something out of the box so that your work will be remembered by many? These thoughts may appear a little heavy but this has always been the underlying motive behind every grade, every milestone that I have achieved in my life till now. For me, #Tweet10000 is just a number!
I joined Twitter in September 2009 but took some time to finally launch my thought-craft somewhere in April 2010. Twitter has been one great experience for me. I paused for some time at my 9,999th tweet to think what should I write for the next as I wanted to sum up the reason for my existence - both in the past and in the future here on Twitter. I never realized how fast it all happened and I tweeted the following thought for my 10,000th tweet:
I have always cherished the conversations that I have had with my different type of followers. Whatever the conversation has been, I have tried to give something more than 140 characters, to listen out well and give appropriate suggestions, to make one smile in tough times, to enlighten with a little knowledge sharing. Throughout this journey, I really hope I've been good to my followers as that's what matters at the end to me.
I believe Twitter is not just any other social site, it's a lab where you do all sorts of experiments and the best part is you can do it any time of the day. Apart from interacting with interesting people from different parts of the world (Yes, that's one more thing I like - global conversations), I follow some good handles which transmit interesting news, information, etc which otherwise I would have have never known. So, how has Twitter helped me? I'll try to sum it up in the following 5 points:
- Made some very good friends from different parts of the world - conversed, listened, shared, understood, advised, laughed, joked, celebrated and what not! :)
- Diverse, meaningful, interesting, sometimes even random conversations stimulates brain to remain ever active.
- Conversing with different set of people with different interests allowed me to enhance my own knowledge bank, pick up new things (Creativity, Marketing, SRK).
- Participate in group tweet chats to learn from experts, know the best practices, to look back at how I was and could handle the situation (e.g. HBRchat, Social).
- And lastly, tweeting has sharpened my thoughts, wit and humor which has tremendously helped me in my offline engagements be it personal or professional.
If you're on Twitter and have something to share from your own experience, then do share by commenting below. Till the next stop of 20,000 I'll continue to spread joy and happiness.