If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the concept of Twitter. I like how I’ve made professional connections and that I can use the networking capabilities I’ve experienced for professional development. I like how interactions can grow organically and how personal connections can be made without ever meeting who you connect with. But lately I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with how social media in general, has recently taken over the ability for everyone to freely express their own opinions without undue criticism or unpleasant ‘trolling’.
For me personally, Twitter used to be informative and a bit of fun and a place of discovery and connection. It’s now an echo chamber of opinions and misinformation that I don’t seem to be enjoying anymore.
So, many months ago, I decided to sign up for curating the ‘People of NZ’ Twitter account. I thought it would be a great way to get a snapshot of the different people that occupy this online space. I have a bit of time on my daily commute to and from work, so what better way to while away the journey…
Now, I’ve kept my sign-up to this as a secret from mostly everyone I know… My week at the helm of this social media experience has just finished. I made this small announcement beforehand: https://twitter.com/mfcuk2/status/861115488515932161
I was quite nervous of being the custodian of the account for the week. I didn’t want to stuff up the experience for the regular followers of @PeopleofNZ.
My aim for the week was to be honest and fun and light hearted. I did have a loose idea what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it, but I didn’t want to meticulously plan the week out either. A reassuring tweet from the administrator and words of support put me at ease…
On the morning of Monday 7th May, I started ny tenure off with this tweet: https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861290289717170177
Then this: https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861292311568711680
I’ve really enjoyed being part of this. Some of the conversation threads have been really easy to engage with…
What podcasts I’m listening to… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861444264642756608
Some of the pictures I take every day… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861650498549465088
Activities at school… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861809907661643776
Pet pictures… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861821063394500609
Robust debates… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/862029279260852224
Learning more Maori language in Aotearoa… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/862182711137521665
Random stuff… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/862386619550121984
Chocolate preferences… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/862534547816169472
Music and going to gigs… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/862901895639162884
And the odd serious topic… https://twitter.com/shoregirlygirl/status/862776818117492736
Oh, and #PicOfTheDay… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/863147081417973761
The weather… (Dylan Reeve replied to my tweet!) https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/863211814103928832
I think people have enjoyed my thoughts… https://twitter.com/andreajnz/status/862604877603655681
This process has made me realise I need to have a rethink of exactly what I want out of Twitter… https://twitter.com/peopleofnz/status/861838409349832706
The ‘People of NZ’ have a love for fun, humour and integrity. They also have a social conscience and a sense of caring.
My ‘week of tweets’ has been fun and not a burden at all… I’d recommend it to anyone that can spare the time. So, that was that. Time to say this:
Thanks for giving me the opportunity NZ… Until next time!