Whenever I speak to someone who doesn't "get" Twitter (or blogging, or the Internet Tubes in general), they always seem to focus on "all those people you don't even know." Well, I'm here to say that I know some of them better than people I see every day, and vice-versa. There are certain times when I try a recipe, hear a song, read an article, see a photo, etc., and the first person I think of to share it with is one of my cyberpals. And that's because I hang with a much more diverse crowd online than I do in real life. Editors! Folk music junkies! Adventurous home cooks! You name it, I know someone who "specializes" in it.
As you know, I'm focusing these days on drumming up some new business. It's tough out there! But time and again, "all these people I don't know" are coming through for me. Just tonight, I got an email from someone I'd contacted via a dear cyberpal. Based on that "in," this person is already planning to hire me when the next suitable project comes along!
But wait, it gets better. It turns out that I will need a particular piece of software that I don't have. I figured I'd have to bite the bullet and spend the $300, hoping all the while that this gig would indeed pan out and become lucrative. But I first asked on Twitter whether there was by any chance a "lite" version available for free, or any other way around this expense. Well, sure enough, a minute later another cyberpal said that he owns the software but doesn't need it (meaning he hasn't used up the license), so he'll give it to me! Just like that! He's uploading it to his server for me right now.
This sort of thing happens over and over again, in terms of both professional networking and personal enrichment. I would have an emptier life indeed without the many connections I've made online.