Recently I had an interesting discussion with some colleagues about the internet’s role on personal privacy versus public disclosure. Although the web has made it easy for us to share every aspect of our lives with other people (strangers and friends alike), why do we feel the need to do so? Is this the classic case of ‘if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there, will it make a sound?’ Does sharing what we do and feel, at the time we do and feel them to the intangible online community our way of making sounds? Perhaps not. But the internet definitely amplifies everything. And Twitter is perhaps the most popular online ‘amplifier’ of these insignificant, incessant ramblings.
Twitter is a site for microblogging (posting short scripts about your thoughts, feelings, and actions in 160 characters or less) - think of it as an IM or text message to the world. You can follow the public timeline of ‘tweets’ or specifically subscribe to follow your friends’ daily rants. Either way, you’re likely to read the most honest, instantaneous reveals of the day, hour, minute, second, present moment, and now. (In fact, if you refresh this page or return to this post at another time, my green Twitter box might likely be updated.)
I’ve been on Twitter for about 8 months and although I understand the concept, I’m not entirely convinced of its application in the health & fitness industry (yet). I suspect there might be advantages to Twittering with clients, fitness clubs, and personal trainers, but I haven’t seen any evidence of it.
Over these next few months I will explore Twitter in hopes to discover how our community is adopting this tool and its affects on their personal and professional relationships. So far, I’ve found and have been following 16 health and fitness professionals on Twitter.
If you’d like to participate in this conversation, Twitter-me a ‘nudge’ and let’s follow each other, too!