A lot of people don’t really get Twitter. To be honest, I didn’t get it either until I actually started using it. Up until this weekend, I used it primarily to share links and get customer service escalation as well as easily exchange short messages with friends. During General Conference, though, I found out that it has immense power as a real-time discussion on current events.
I hadn’t originally intended to really participate all that much via Twitter, to be honest. Then I saw a few friends posting their thoughts, so I thought, “hey, why not share what I’m thinking?” So I posted a few times on Saturday. And then a lot more on Sunday. And by the afternoon session, I was following the #ldsconf hashtag to see what complete strangers had to say. I felt like this level of participation let me get a lot more out of Conference. By sharing my thoughts, I took the time to really process what was being said and see how others were reacting. It was like real-time collaborative note-taking.
If you’re into Twitter, I strongly recommend trying it out during Conference to see what you get from it. If you’re not, you might want to think about it. I know I’m glad I did.