I’m traveling in London. When we got here over the weekend one of the first things we did was to hop into a cab (which are way cooler than in the US) and head to the hotel. The cabbie was a British white guy, with a heavy accent and a seemingly unending supply of opinions that he assumed we shared. It turns out you can find racist people in the UK too, who knew. Of the many things that he said that we found both disturbing and amusing, one of them was a derogatory comment toward Chinese people. Since both Jeff and I have adopted children from China, we were definitely not on his team with that.
I guess the moral of the story is to be careful. Just because you are a white dude driving some white dudes around a big city doesn’t mean that you share something, or really anything at all in common. In fact, I hope I don’t share much in common with that cabbie, other than perhaps an admiration for the insane cost of an Astin Martin.
I have always had an on again off again relationship with Twitter, but mostly off. I never really got into it or figured out how to use it well. I tried making lists to better manage the hundreds of people I was following, but it never seemed to work. Then I read this post, and it made me realize that I was trying to follow way to many people, and I had to rethink my approach.
So, I unfollowed almost everyone, sorry. I decided how I want to use Twitter and then followed the right people for that purpose. I want to be up on the latest news and digital marketing info, and see posts that are fun, funny or interesting. Based on this criteria I now mostly follow news outlets, comedians, general interest users and some friends that are thought leaders in their space. I keep up with all of my other friends on Facebook. I have given up on Twitter lists completely as well.
Now that I have severally reduced who I’m following, I enjoy using Twitter again and find it to be a useful tool rather than an overwhelming distraction. I even like and retweet things, which is something I virtually never did before. This tells me that I’m finding much more value on the platform. I have also noticed myself going to Twitter now for news instead of Feedly, which was unexpected.
How do you use Twitter?
Some of the things around us that we don’t see can actually be quite amazing. Check out the precision with which his violinist moves in order to play perfectly. I think the first photo is pretty amazing.
See the article here.