A few days ago I returned from Citrix Summit/Synergy 2012 held in San Francisco California and while I was there the full weight of how Twitter changed my life became self evident. Years ago when I would attend Microsoft TechEd conferences I would go, listen to session after session, and many days rarely speak more than a few words to a few people over breakfast or lunch. At night I’d attend the parties and quietly return (drunk) to my hotel room afterwards, a satisfying learning experience, or so I thought. Fast forward to last week, it felt like everyone I knew was there, people I’ve had conversations with on Twitter were walking by in the hall, every waking moment was spent talking to my Twitter friends…and guess what…learning, trading information, brainstorming…and yes, getting completely piss drunk I’ve heard the naysayers who say they tried twitter and didn’t get anything out of it, that the information wasn’t interesting…blah blah blah, well try again. Learn how to use it, your career is IT you say, so prove it to me, learn something new, be an innovator again.
I use Twitter and RSS feeds to stay on top of what’s going on in the industry, from that I have built relationships worldwide with people who have the same interest as me, who trade information with me, who help me become better at what I do. I can tell you with a straight face, Twitter has completely changed my career, I would not have been speaking last week at Citrix Summit if not for Twitter, sure I could write my blog posts, post solutions to cancer (VDI), but without Twitter nobody would know. I’m not interested in IM solutions to help me chat with people I work with, my network is worldwide…no shit…and it’s awesome, there are some really smart folks out there and I get to talk to them whenever I want.
A story I often tell before I present at conferences is this… All of the presenters that you paid hundreds or thousands of dollars to come and listen to, the ones you hold in high technical regard, are all on Twitter. There’s a reason for that…and you’re missing out.
btw, I was user number 650,163 on Twitter. In some freak accident of fate I signed up for Twitter before a few hundred million others. http://twitterhow.com/how-to-find-how-old-your-twitter-account-is/