Thinking this afternoon about the Twitter echo chamber, and personally, what I'm getting out of it.
For one, it's entertaining. Very entertaining. It's also quite useful for connecting with people in my industry. And without a doubt, I have stumbled on some great content [related to previous points]. Finally, it's allowed me to keep in touch with some people from my past who might have otherwise fallen off my radar.
But as a simple exercise I thought about this question: What would I think of the world if Twitter were my only source of information. Here are few off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts - presented as "Myth" and "Reality."
Of course my views are totally informed by who I follow. So I'm wondering what YOU would think of the world if Twitter were YOUR only source of information? Leave a comment. Or Tweet me @iansohn.
Myth 1: Austin, TX is where all important global decisions are made. [Reality: For some it is, but for my money I'll take New York]
Myth 2: Brands, like Skittles, that don't get their first foray into social media right are failures [Reality: I was always more of an M&Ms guy, but applaud Skittles for their exploration into the unknown. Furthermore, I dare anyone to claim they've never taken a step backward to take two forward]
Myth 3: FaceBook is horribly designed and the evil empire looking to steal all our intellectual capital [Reality: FaceBook remains a massive force in social media, and is quite useful for what it is. Furthermore, their TOCs are really no different than anyone else - are they? Finally, it's not THAT horrible of a design.]
Myth 4: President Obama enjoys a 100% approval rating [Reality: I do love the man, but don't forget there are a whole bunch of people out there who voted McCain-Palin. This NASCAR blindness (I can't use that term enough, thank you @awolk for coining it) will get the Dems in trouble come 2012.]
Myth 5: Shaquille O'Neal is a poet [Reality: Shaquille O'Neal is a poet; and is having an epic comeback season]