Wells Baum is a Futurist, Creator, and Music Explorer. Always connecting the dots on screen.

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Twitter is Indispensable

just setting up my twttr

— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
November 22, 2007. That was the date I signed up to Twitter. I really didn’t know what I was getting into at the time. No one really did and Smartphones had just hit the market. I’d still love to go back and storify my first 100 Tweets timeline style.

In the beginning Twitter just became another distributor of my blog content. I never really conversed, mostly because the users weren’t there yet and neither were my close friends and family.

And then about three years ago I started using it for as an additional RSS feed, a way to interact with smart people I admired, pure entertainment, and to find online streams to watch Arsenal games that weren’t on Fox Soccer Channel.

This was the BEST tool ever. My friends and family still didn’t get it. They still thought of it as a way to inform people about eating a hamburger. It wasn’t worth explaining it to them, it felt like my own niche.

Slowly, my Facebook use declined. My “friends,” many of them acquaintances anyway became boring. Their content and links were dry and I had many different interests.

This last year Twitter has revived not only my Facebook use where I share the content from interest based networks like Pinterest, Spotify, and Instagram but also my interest in TV.

TV sucks, I just don’t watch it. I’d rather be productive or spend time on the Internet and watch an informative Vimeo video or an old music video from back in the day. I’d cut the cord tomorrow if my wife didn’t love The Voice.

But recently Twitter has been driving me to watch television. It’s come to the point where I have to see what these Tweeps are talking about. I don’t want to miss out on the conversation. Two minutes left, Tebow at the 40, oh man I need to turn on the TV asap.

Twitter changed the world in a hundred more ways than my own experience. Numerous times it’s been my primary news source, sports broadcaster, and courtroom typist. It’s an especially healthy addiction if you use it as an educational tool and follow smart people.

Twitter is the most unique tool out there and feels like part of the thumb. That inherent proclivity makes it indispensable. We’re just beginning to see it change the world, one revolution at a time.