My generation undervalues Twitter

This is not an article like most of the other ones that I’ve written so far. This post is about the enormous value that I’ve found in a platform that to be perfectly honestly I had completely disregarded for almost 8 years until a couple of weeks ago.

Before I keep going let me be clear. The value that I’ve found on Twitter has had little to do with the current slew of political figures and opinions on the platform. Instead what I’ve found truly valuable has been the tremendous community that makes the world seem like a small town that you’ve always lived in. Now back to our regularly scheduled post.

Most of my friends have also stopped using Twitter and if they have kept using it I had no idea about it. I always heard that so and so tweeted this and so and so replied that. But I would never bother to check.

The Problem

I never went back to Twitter for two main reasons. First, I thought that the signal-to-noise ratio was just too low to make it worth my time. Second, there was just too much noise. The platform felt overwhelming and hard to navigate for me. Nevertheless, thanks to a guy that I can call a good friend this changed a couple of weeks ago. This guy Deepak who used to work at Twitter told me how cool it was that you could engage with people on Twitter that you had never met before and have meaningful connections. I didn’t give it a lot of thought at the moment because well the guy worked at Twitter and he clearly ❤️ the product.

The Pivot

However, a couple of weeks ago that changed when I wanted to reach someone but I got no response after emailing them a couple of times. That’s when I thought about reaching out to them on Twitter as last resort. By now you might imagined what happened. In less than 15 minutes… not 15 hours, not 1.5 hours.. 15 minutes! the person responded and I was able to have a call with her the very next day! A week later the same issue came up with another person and I tried it again. Within 24 hours I had a response!

The Takeaway

To the lesson here isn’t that Twitter is the place to spam people that you want to chat to. Instead, it is this sort of community that in which people are willing to help each other because they feel that there is a common bond that unites them. I am now looking forward to use Twitter a lot more not only to meet new people but also to foster those relationships.

This is only the beginning of this journey but so far it’s working great for me and maybe it will for you too. Hence, why I am writing this post. If you feel that this might be useful to someone you know or to your network in general please be sure to share.

Also, if I can help with anything feel free to reach out – hi@xavierpladevall.com

Disclaimer: Once again, I am not suggesting that you should stop reading this article and start spamming people on Twitter. What I am trying to say is that Twitter is a phenomenal platform with a great community that is willing to help if you’re willing to play nice, be respectful and give back.