Twitter Stories

11/02/2011

Twitter has launched an effort to highlight amazing stories contained in a single tweet.

Today we’re launching the first in a series of Twitter stories. Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and, Japanese fishermen who use Twitter to sell their catch before returning to shore. Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller.

The brilliance is that it’s so easy to participate (and more importantly, to spread the remarkable ones), and the one-tweet format is in line with the Twitter ethos.

One of the first contributions in my timeline was from a friend:

@jessicalawrence: In the past year, a job, an apartment, and the amazing man in my life have all come from Twitter. #TwitterStories

I can relate.

I’ve met dozens of great friends, solved many problems, secured many clients, and witnessed many small miracles through the power of Twitter over the past year or two.

This isn’t just about Twitter of course, it’s how our ever-connected society is interacting in new ways. The significance of geographic location is quickly fading, and giving way to an era in which we are all instantly connected across a variety of platforms.

The challenge is to do something with this that’s more substantial than learning what a friend in Brussels is having for lunch.