Twitter Community Shared Experience

You are never alone when you are on Twitter. We share experiences and that are Right Now. In certain moments, Twitter is like gathering around a warm campfire where we exchange stories about the same topic, as we do on the anniversary of 9/11. Sometimes we hold virtual hands during a small or large crisis like an earthquake in Los Angeles. Every year, we review Super Bowl ads as they air. We exchange Holiday Greetings on the day.

The Twitter community often demonstrates social good in bursts of activity. I got started on Twitter December 24, 2007 and in my recollection, it began with Susan Reynolds’ cancer research campaign Boobs on Ice, publicized each Friday with avatars dressed with frozen peas.

In this 5 minute video, you will see five Twitter leaders talking about their Shared Experiences.

@Percival Sean Percival: Supporting cancer research through the Blame Drews Cancer meme across Twitter and helping to create digital immortality for Wm Marc Salsberry‘s brother, Robert on lalawag.

@Pistachio Laura Fitton co-authored “Twitter for Dummies” and founded OneForty.com: the first 9/11 anniversary that I was on Twitter – the story sharing and intense human contact, “twitter really overcomes isolation”

@DoctorParadox Barb Dybwad, Senior Editor at Mashable.com, also blogs at Geeked.org : Sharing the elation of Obama’s inauguration event with people around the world, people I know were in the room with me, even though I was alone.

@Chamillionaire Grammy Award winning successful entrepreneur: Bringing his fans with him into special experiences, like sitting front row at the VMA’s (Video Music Awards) with photos and descriptions.

@HeatherMeeker Director of Marketing at Pelago, makers of Whrrl: We can get the pulse of a conference through hash tags like #sxsw to find each other, know the best place to be at that moment, hear about the best parties.


Shared Twitter Experience. Interview by Linda Sherman, Video by Ray Gordon 5 minute compilation. Filmed during #140tc by the Parnassus Group Los Angeles Sept 22, 2009.

Twitter is about being connected, about passing it forward, and about sharing experience right now. While allowing us to build networks for our businesses, it also fulfills a very human desire.

In fact, there are many songs reflecting our desire to be connected and our acknowledgment that ‘We are One’. For example, ‘All in This Together’ from High School Musical became so popular that it earned a lampoon on South Park.

Brian Solis: “The Social Economy is rich in collaboration and friendship. We are defining a new era of society and how we ultimately communicate with one another.”

Chris Brogan: keynote speech talks about Paying it Forward at BlogWorld October 2009.

What is your Shared Experience on Twitter? #sharedexperience

About Linda Sherman

International, multicultural marketing pro, Linda brings a distinguished background of international subsidiary CEO/CMO to her Social Marketing expertise. These include CEO Club Med Japan, Barilla Japan and CMO Wal-Mart Japan. Linda Sherman has been featured and quoted in Forbes, The New York Times, Christian Monitor and other leading publications. She devised and implemented an innovative guerrilla-marketing plan for ZIMA in Japan that produced a lasting, profitable success. Linda has hands-on technical skills in building and search optimizing WordPress websites and an influential on-line presence. Linda teaches social marketing for business at the University of Hawaii. Her company, The Courage Group, provides websites, digital film, branding and social marketing strategy and training.

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3 comments
Clara Berta
Clara Berta

You captured some really great thoughts from your interviewees. In particular what resonated with me was:

"Twitter helped me overcome isolation" by Laura Fitton@wmmarc
"Share about what you care about" by Chamillionaire
and how his brother, Robert was doing. Wm Marc's brother Robert is virtually with us as Sean Percival said.

As a professional artist and art lover, I enjoyed #140hours, the first Twitter art auction which was organized by @GaryBrant
http://www.140hours.com/paintings/pages/claraberta.htm

@BertaArt

James Pew
James Pew

Well done Linda. It is amazing how difficult it is to explain Twitter to the non-user. As Bob Lefsetz recently said - there are two types of people, those who use Twitter, and those who do not!

I think I'll start forwarding this post as an introduction to Twitter for those in the latter category!

@jamespew

Julie Spira
Julie Spira

Thank you Linda for sharing your insight and experience with Twitter. It's the sharing that has created new friendships, relationships, and developed business associates with like-minded people. It's always best to collaborate.

@JulieSpira

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