I Am What I Tweet?

I recently read somewhere that, “you are what you tweet.” Although this may not be exactly true, I do think that Twittering has the power to shape people’s perceptions of you DRAMATICALLY.

For instance, if someone’s tweets are constantly whines and complaints, I start to think they are negative. I start to change the way that I interact with them, in person and online.

Me and My Tweeps

And the reverse is true too. I feel myself drawn to friends on Twitter who are constantly encouraging and educating. I enjoy interacting with these tweeps. I am happy to pass along (RT) their tweets.

And I consciously think…I want to be more like those people.

And so Twitter has changed me. It has served as a daily gut-check. Am I being a person that people want to be around? Am I being the person that God created me to be?

If the answer is no (as it sometimes, alright often, is), I am taking time to try to get my head and my heart right.

This is just one more reason why I love Twitter…

How has Twitter changed you?

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  • I would agree that you are what you tweet. The only exception would be those that retweet all the time.

  • I’ve been active on Twitter for about two months. And there’s a reason why you’re one of the people I enjoy interacting with.

    Twitter is a two-way street. You’re kind, polite, intelligent, professional, interesting, amusing, aware, and relevant.

    Am I merely buttering you up to say so? Not if I add that I selfishly desire the same qualities in myself, and that I’m really just sticking around in the hopes that they rub off.

    Let’s add (and I think you almost said this) that we become what others tweet, too.

    I am what you tweet. No pressure, right?

    Postscript: I’d mildly disagree with Mr. Lane, also. I won’t fistfight to prove it, but I think we are what we retweet. We retweet something because we enjoyed it, or because it moved us, or because it offended us and we want to find validation in others being offended too. Unless of course we’re bots, in which case we’re just lamely programmed inanimate pieces of silicon taking up space on the information superhighway.

  • Sometimes I wish I was what other people tweet… but that’s probably an ungodly thing to think!

  • idelette

    I really like your thoughts. This post definitely made me think.

    I think Twitter is like quick, daily (for some hourly) snapshots of our lives. Skill at taking the “pictures” and “editing” therefore definitely helps. Kind of like online dating where you can definitely present the best shot of yourself. The speed at which Twitter moves helps though. Keeps it more raw, which I like.

  • Oh this makes me think! I find myself reading through my last 10 tweets to see what kind of “vibe” I’m giving off.

    I also think some people are either too professional or too personal in their tweets. There has to be a balance in this.

    Wonderful perspective. Nice to find your blog!

  • What about those that only answer the given question? A list of activities says something, about the followers as well. Those tweeting poetry or micro-fiction tell a great deal. Are tweets all that much different from blogs, books, or public speaking? They all say something about the person.

  • I agree with you about negative and whiny tweets. There are a couple of blogs I used to read regularly, but once I started following the authors on Twitter and Facebook, they came across as whiny and complainy and not nearly so funny.

    I’m not a really frequent tweeter, but I do at least try to post the kinds of things I want to read.

  • Yay! I just said today that I needed to find someone who likes Twitter, because my friends and I can’t find the appeal and yet I have a project for which I must learn to Tweet. Such a pleasure to find the likes of you and Donald Miller and friends here!. Thx.

  • bpaint

    We are indeed what we Tweet. Online personas are everything… and the first few Tweets you read posted from a certain user is just like that first impression when meeting someone new. Those tend to last. Bottom line? Good point.

  • Thank you for a thoughtful post. I was lucky to follow some interesting people very early in my Twitter experience and quickly saw the value of information that is posted (links, questions, news, etc). I think people’s Tweets say a whole lot about what’s on their mind and their activities.

    Enjoying your blog!
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  • I’m glad to hear something positive about twitter. Only recently did my stigma against it begin to fall–which is good, because I think I could develop it into a strong networking tool. I already have a similar experience with facebook. I’m definitely drawn to people with funny and uplifiting statuses and comments. Thanks for the info!
    ~CD at http://arovell.blogspot.com/

  • jannajones

    What a great post…I agree…I am new to twitter, but thought the same about facebook and what status you leave.

  • adminbyday

    This is a great blog. I’m inclined to half agree. I do think you are what you tweet…most times. But honestly, I don’t really worry too much about what others think of my tweets. Sometimes tweets can be an outlet for a bad day, week, whatever. Over time though, you might be able to tell the overall personality of the person. We all have our good days and bad days. 🙂

  • mochamom04

    I am very new to “tweeting”. I am still trying to figure it all out. I think I haven’t gotten into it enough to really notice the various styles of posts, but I think it is interesting. Like adminbyday says, we all have our good days and bad days. The status posts reflects what is currently going on, I suppose. Follow me… I’m trying to make friends on there. Mochamom04. Let’s tweet!
    A Sip of Savings: http://www.mochamom04.wordpress.com

  • amandathiessen

    I’m not really “in” on the whole Tweeting thing. But, from what I hear…it’s a great way to open up your life/thoughts to everyone…in small doses of course. 🙂

  • Rut Roh…..

    I don’t tweet at all. Does this mean I don’t exist?

  • Jessica

    I love this post! I think twitter keeps me in check most days. Love it 🙂 love you have a great Vaca and we have a monday night date when you get back! 🙂

  • Richard Muske

    Totally Totally Totally agree! I get up VERY early (like 5-ish) because I love mornings. I have a daily habit of checking email, news, and other social networking sites over coffee and breakfast. I recently stopped checking twitter in the morning because anyone tweeting at that hour was full of complaints:

    “OMG, WHY am I up so early?”
    “God did not intend for me to wake up before the sun”
    Ugh, mornings… I need my Starbucks”

    These were totally ruining my morning buzz, so I just quit checking them!

  • I know that Twitter has changed the way that I connect with people by focusing what I am communicating. With Twitter’s 140 character limit, I must decide what is the most iportant thing to say at this time to these people. I would never have thought this way before. Now, I think this way every time I blog, write sermons or emails.

  • i’ve found myself thinking twice about what i tweet asking myself if it’s sounds too negative. i work hard in real life to be a positive person so i definitely want to tweet that way as well.

  • Anna

    I don’t think I am what I tweet,at least not all the time, but maybe in the seconds that I tweet it, after all isn’t twitter about instant expression and exchange? On the other hand I agree that a bunch of negative tweets could suggest a negative person,the question has has certainly made me think about my tweets. Should we be pre thinking or tweets in fear of judgement?

  • I’m obsessed with Twitter. I use it personally, for work, and I just love the interaction it provides with other people.

    The one thing I don’t do is have alerts sent to my cell.

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