KB

KB is an inspirational vlogger and blogger from Ontario, Canada.

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Twitter


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
- Confucius

I admit that when I first signed up for Twitter in the spring of 2008, I didn’t really “get it”. It took months for me to “see the beauty”, even though the awesomeness of Twitter had been there all along.

Twitter really came alive for me when I began to see it as a mirror for life. I realized that Twitter teaches us everything we’ll ever need to know in 5 simple tips:

1. We Are Interconnected

Twitter is an interconnected web of life. What I tweet has an effect on you, and what you tweet has an effect on me. Twitter thrives on interconnectivity.

Just like Twitter, our lives depend on interconnection. We’re connected to each other, and we’re connected to the planet. When we’re aware that our existence depends on this interconnectivity, we live more compassionately.

2. What We Give Out, We Get Back

Most people have realized by now that selfishness doesn’t get you very far on Twitter. If all your tweets are promotional in nature or if you don’t bother responding to mentions, be prepared to lose followers fast.

Similarly in life, if all you care about is yourself and have no regard for others, you’re destined to an empty, lonely existence. The way to become successful in life (and on Twitter) is to lose yourself in giving. What can I do for you? How can I serve? Using your unique gifts and talents in service to others brings immeasurable meaning to life and returns to you multiplied.

3. We Choose Our Thoughts

On Twitter, we choose our tweets (a.k.a. thoughts). These choices affect our relationships, reputation, and influence on Twitter. Our tweets affect our future experience online.

In life, we also choose each thought we think. These thoughts affect our relationships, reputation, and influence. Every thought we think affects our future experience of life.

When we become aware that we have the power to choose our thoughts, we choose more carefully. We choose thoughts that sustain rather than destroy us.

4. Our Power is in the Present Moment

Tweets have a very short shelf life. What you tweeted yesterday and what you’re going to tweet tomorrow is of no value. It’s what you’re tweeting NOW that is going to have an impact.

Likewise in life, all we really have is now. Yesterday and tomorrow are irrelevant – they only exist in our minds. This “now” moment is all you’ll ever have, so what are you doing with it? What are you thinking and feeling now? Now is where your power is. Now is all that matters.

5. Life is Simple

On twitter, we only have 140 characters to express ourselves. Simple. Straightforward. Easy.

Life can also be simple and easy. We can lose the drama. We can get to the point. We can decide what we want and go for it. Life is only complicated when you think it is.

I have a very simple formula for a happy life, which I tweet in only 32 characters:

What do you love to do? Do that.

Comments

  • June 30, 2011

    KB!!!! This is well said! I really liked your text: it links technology and spirituality in some way. It gave me some deep thought on how I interact with other Twitter users in a very different perspective and powerful way. Congratz. I’d be really happy to follow you and share ideas…
    Thank you so much!

  • June 30, 2011

    I love to make smiles… I do that on the daily!

    Thank you for inspiring one :)

  • June 30, 2011

    It took me a while to start “getting” Twitter and it’s still evolving. People just want to feel connected and share with others, Twitter does that perfectly.

    On #5, Twitter has forced me to condense my thoughts and writing. To pack as much punch in each Tweet as possible without unnecessary fluff. It seems easy from the outside to write short messages but is damn far from it. The journey continues…

  • June 30, 2011

    In reference to #4. on your list, I love the quote that Master Oogway in the movie Kung Fu Panda says…

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why they call it the present.”

    I don’t know who he’s quoting but I like it. And I like these simple, straight forward and easy distinctions you’ve made also on the power of Twitter.

  • June 30, 2011

    Love that you managed to get your formula for a happy life down in 32 characters. That’s a great thing twitter can teach us all: brevity.

    Thanks for the great read!

  • June 30, 2011

    Great post. I started using Twitter more aggressively lately and I’m learning that it is a tight community of people. You definitely reap what you sow with Twitter.

  • July 1, 2011

    Hmm not yet.

  • July 4, 2011

    Thanks for all the support & compliments my friends. Glad you enjoyed the article :)

  • July 8, 2011

    Super Post!… Love the bit on present moment!… :]

  • July 14, 2011

    wow, i never thought of twitter being a learning tool for how to deal with life, lol. i especially love the part about choosing our thoughts – so true.

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