Meet Your Friends Faster with Twitter

Twitter connects people – even people sitting in the same coffee shop just a few feet apart from each other.

Yesterday Stearns was my office all day:

My 12 noon was a little late so there I was enjoying the free wifi, checking my RSS and Twitter feeds when Eric sent out this tweet:

“Wes Skinner” was one of the guys I was supposed to meet for the first time at 3pm. So curiously I clicked on his name and found this tweet:

So I looked around and said, “Wes?” A dapper fellow with shaggy hair turned around and a fun conversation ensued about in-ear monitors. Then I tweet’d this:

You can see fun pics from the event here.

This post is part of Watercooler Wednesday at Ethos.


19 Responses to “Meet Your Friends Faster with Twitter”

  1. 1 Cynthia Cullen August 6, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I am trying to bring the people around me that I work with into the Twitter world. I love the daily connection I feel to people I may only see once a year or once every other year. I don’t feel like I am missing out on their lives and that makes me happy!

  2. 2 fmckinnon August 6, 2008 at 7:49 am

    That’s awesome … I’ve used it @ conferences and such, too – to hookup with people quickly and easily.

  3. 3 klampert August 6, 2008 at 8:05 am

    ha ha.. thats great man

  4. 4 Ryan August 6, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Twitter definitely seems like the greatest way to connect. I just had lunch with a “twitter frend” yesterday who I hadn’t ever met before. Great fun. I’m hoping to use it more often for things like this as well.

  5. 5 Daniel East August 6, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I love hearing stories like this!


    Daniel East
    Director of Marketing & Artist Relations
    Future Sonics

  6. 6 mandythompson August 6, 2008 at 10:18 am

    i twitted.

    for two days. it was madness…


  7. 7 Eric Atkins August 6, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Great story. I’ve been a few Huntsvillians via Twitter and hope to meet more.

    Waiting for another Tweetup…

  8. 8 Paul J. August 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m the only person that twitters in Dalton, Georgia.
    (just kidding…maybe…)

  9. 9 Stephen Barry August 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Dang, man. Everything I hear about twitter sounds great. I still haven’t taken the plunge… Cool story.

  10. 10 Tyler August 6, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Cool story….but I’m still not going to Twitter.

  11. 11 Audra Krell August 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this amazing story! I love this! I am trying to so hard to get my friends and family into twitter, yet they resist. They have no idea how much fun they are missing….and how many divine appointments as well!

  12. 12 Billy Chia August 6, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Yes, I love how twitter lets you “cheat the system” and stay in touch with more people.

    Ha! I can be addicting.

    Steven, Tyler,
    You hear that? It’s twitter calling your name. You can’t resist for long.

    I find that something cool happens on twitter on a daily basis. With out trying much I tell the story and people are getting more interested.

  13. 13 jordan August 7, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Twitter, the biggest Kingdom time waster ever invented. I still stand by my premise. I just read where one of the earliest and well know twitterers (?) is giving it up because it has so greatly reduced his rich content output. He is a smart guy.

  14. 14 Billy Chia August 7, 2008 at 11:07 am

    “Biggest Kingdom time waster” is a bit extreme. It’s a communication tool – like blogs, facebook or the telephone. Inherently it is neither good nor bad. It’s all about how you use it. You can easily waste time on the phone and many people do – that doesn’t make the telephone bad.

    Guy Kawasaki follows 17,000 twitter feeds. Guy is pretty smart and successful. Perhaps he knows something this other early twitterer doesn’t.

  15. 15 genepensiero August 7, 2008 at 11:32 am

    just found your blog. looking forward to looking around.


  16. 16 jordan August 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Let me see, what will people be reading in 100 years.

    DA Carson’s works…check.
    John Piper…check.
    oh yes and Billy Chia’s twitters. hahaha

    Yes, it is a communication tool, but everything in life comes at a cost…usually time. Yes I am a blogger and so the same could be said of my blog. But that is exactly why we made worshiptrench for the quick delivery of usable practical tools for those in the trenches of the local church. Books are still better to foster heavy theological dialogue because their is more weight and consideration (albeit the editing function) to statement and rebuttal. Blogs are very transient as most dialogues die within a couple of days. Twitter has an even shorter lifespan and isn’t it lasting eternal value even shorter and less vs. time spent on more content rich production? I don’t know and am just thinking out loud.

    (and btw, I just declared that I will only check my myspace and facebook once a month in a self-curtailment….when I go back look at my time audit’s a year later, nothing really productive came of those sites even in terms of growing relationships. My blog, yes. Through it I met the greatness of you, Fred and others.)

  17. 17 Billy Chia August 7, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Great comment – I’m writing a new post to reply.

  18. 18 janowen August 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I started twittering mainly so the timeline would be on my blog and my worship team and church family could get a glimpse into my life. Not that it’s exciting, but just another way to be “known” and to live an open life. (I realize you can lie on twitter but i don’t)

    I’ve shared prayer requests this way, and had people pray with me that live thousands of miles away. I get a glimpse into the lives of other leaders as well and I learn from them. I have given and received encouragement “in the moment” – with people I have never met. I think it takes me maybe 10 minutes a day.

    For me, it’s just a little tool to help me stay in touch, stay connected. It’s another way to open my life to my team and those I work with.

    On certain days I don’t do it. I simply say “this is private” and go about my day. I’m not obsesed with it. I use it for a purpose. Just like my blog….

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