Why Twitter is my trusted source

“Facebook is for friends that are now strangers. Twitter is for strangers that should be you friends.” I heard the original tweet was from @damnitstrue, but I could be wrong, especially after it has been retweeted over and over again.

Twitter has been my trusted source since 2008. Through twitter, I discovered people that inspire me (Sacha ChuaRebecca ThormanTaylor Davidson, and many others), conferences/events I wouldn’t have known about otherwise (re:VisionAcumen Fund Toronto chapter launch, etc), and sites that continue to help me learn about the social enterprise space (change.org+think design changedowser.orgunreasonable institute, etc). All of which eventually led me to make the decision to attend AC4D – and yup, which I also found out through twitter.

The first Twestival in Feb 2009, an event organized entirely via Twitter, helped raise over $250,000. Beth Kanter’s entire blog is devoted in helping non-profits leverage social media.

When the entire Skoll World Forum crowd was stranded in London because of the Icelandic volcano, Nathaniel Whittemore organized TEDxVolcano in 36 hours by emailing and tweeting. They even had it livestreamed, which 600 more people logged on and watched.

My favourite example of twitter doing good is when it was used together with Uchaguzi at the Kenya’s election to help aggregate reported problems and document incidents by location and type.

I was convinced long ago that twitter is more than finding out where your friend had for lunch. Try jumping into one of the #SocEnt chats next time and you might see twitter in a different light.


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