My problem is that I have too many Twitter stories to talk about and share.
Too many experiences that have led to unexpected things. 'Wow, Holy Crap' moments.
Too many connections, which have led to heartfelt conversation and serependity.
Nevertheless, I'll share some highlights. (Emphasis: Some - I don't want to write an essay about this, even though I probably have the content to do it)
On a professional front, I have had a number of reasonably cool experiences thanks to Twitter. In March 2009, I did a Twitter Fundraising Campaign to get to the Non Profit Technology Conference in San Fran. I ended up raising just over $1100 US in a under a week. http://www.digitalforgood.com/2009/03/nten09-fundraising-campaign-a-big-thank-you-to-donars-and-supporters/ It was pretty amazing and humbling experience. And it was funny cause it happen so organically, I didn't really plan too much, just randomly decided to launch it.
More recently, I have been nominated to be a Outreach Blogger for Action Aid Australia. Again, my twitter community has been behind 1000% supportive. I have been lucky to receive a whole host of comments supporting my nomination thanks to the relationships I have built through twitter http://blogs.actionaid.org.au/toto/
On a personal front, Twitter represents many things to me: the rise of global consciousness, the reframing of media as a tool that gives people a voice, interdependence, conversational education....I could go on and on. I have many genuine friendship with people from: Mongolia, UK, India, Australia, US, Canada, Switerzland, South Africa, Scotland and so forth
As a young person, this inspires me so much. That our generation as a set of tools now to communicate and connect with ANYONE in the world. Do you know how amazing that is? Really? Seriously, try to explain that to someone from the 1950's - that in 60 years we will have this thing that allows us to talk to anyone. Reminds me of that quote, "The Future is already here. It is just unevenly distributed." So True.
As a PS, Here are a few links:
SixBillionOthers.org - it is not Twitter, but its a great example of online storytelling
http://www.socialnetworkstories.com/- Film Project that by student in US. Amazing. Showing the real life implications of Social Media
http://edwardharran.posterous.com/2332388- Brief Braindump post I did about the whole Documentary 2.0 movement. The intersection between social media and traditional documentary is perfect hybrid. After all, documentaries are generally about real life. Social Media is real life in real time.