I’ve said to people that Twitter has changed my life and they generally look at me sideways. Or laugh. How could such a trivial medium have changed anyone’s life?
Well, let me tell you:
* It has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Some of whom I have exchanged emails, phone calls, and Skype conversations with. Some I have even met in person.
* People have supported me through tough situations and crappy encounters.
* I’ve had folks who have provided amazing graphic design, donated money to Camp Osiris, donated Bibles to House of the Transfiguration, prayed for me, and more.
* It has allowed me to watch and be updated on things the news wasn’t covering: Occupy raids, Egyptian protests, and more in real time with no delay.
* Twitter introduced me to the Archbishop of the North American Old Catholic Church who will soon be ordaining me.
* My friends on Twitter have made me laugh out loud with snarky comebacks, funny #hashtags, witty jokes. We have live tweeted movies together, conferences, meetings. We have prayed for one another, exchanged messages of support, rooted for each other.
The other morning I was having a tough time with something. I reached out to a couple of folks on twitter and within minutes was exchanging conversations and emails that allowed me to move past the struggle and get on with my day.
I have been provoked and encouraged. Had my thinking deepened and expanded. Been challenged and loved. This isn’t just a silly medium of flippant thoughts and random comments (although it can be); this is a community of people in the best sense of the word.
These folks aren’t just twitter handles or anonymous people, they are my colleagues, they are mentors, they are sojourners.
They are my friends.
I would love it if you would tell me your twitter stories in the comments!