by Brian Solis

Sometimes the best cure or treatment for stress, concern, and fear (especially in the face of a potentially dire economic recession) is the process and act of sharing *the love.*

October 29th is the first of many “I <3 Twitter because…” days (I hope), so that we can share and celebrate a community that brings us together around the publicly shared thoughts, innovation, ideas and ultimately, the people behind them, in order to collaboratively learn, grow, and excel.

Pay it forward.

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Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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Discussion

    no imageMark Drapeau (Who am I?)29 October 2008 6:38 am

    I love Twitter because I have lots of random thoughts on different topics, and it gives me an outlet for them. A side effect of it is the social networking that then results.

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    no imageMelanie Notkin (Who am I?)29 October 2008 6:42 am

    I <3 Twitter b/c sometimes I read something and I just want to share it with people who’ll appreciate it and want to discuss it. So I post it on Twitter and voila- a twitter conversation begins. And I always learn something new! That’s powerful.

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    no imageAndrew Mager (Who am I?)29 October 2008 6:43 am

    I love Twitter because it’s instant interpersonal communication. It’s a social news feed that I can’t stop reading.

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    no imageSarah Evans (Who am I?)29 October 2008 6:53 am

    I <3 Twitter because it’s the ultimate tipping point network. We’re changing the world one tweet at a time. :)

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    no imagePRGal (Who am I?)29 October 2008 6:56 am

    My love for Twitter can be summed up in 2 words: INSTANT GRATIFICATION (and it’s not naughty, illegal or expensive :-))

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    no imageTherese (Who am I?)29 October 2008 6:58 am

    Because there are brilliant minds on Twitter, and I learn something new everyday! i love resources and on Twitter I find tons of them.

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    no imageDawn (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:08 am

    I love Twitter because it is a super networking shortcut. I love meeting smart people and it’s definitely helped me meet people I wouldn’t have otherwise. Also, it’s so darned fun!

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    no imageJason Kintzler (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:39 am

    I love twitter because I live in the middle of Wyoming and am isolated from face-to-face communications with people in my field. With twitter I can have conversations and share topics with people that care (other than my dog).

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    no imageBryan Eisenberg (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:39 am

    It feels like I am plugged into the Borg. I get to engage in a collective consciousness.

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    no imageSugarJones (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:40 am

    I <3 Twitter b/c I can have conversation w/ppl that get it, whatever “it” is, as opposed to casting my pearls before swine in my neighborhood. I feel like I sometimes need to give my “real” friends a primer before we discuss anything. *sigh*

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    no imageLJ Jones (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:43 am

    Twitter is great because it has allowed me to meet and communicate with people that I wouldn’t have been able to other wise. Sharing of ideas is always good.

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    no imageMarc Meyer (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:46 am

    I <3 Twitter b/c I can’t think of a cooler way of sharing with some of the brightest minds, and smartest people in the world. I’m honored to be in the moment with all of you.

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    no imageDeb (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:46 am

    I love Twitter because it keeps up with my mind. I can jump all over the place, laugh, learn, lead. What a ride!

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    no imagePareja7 (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:46 am

    I love Twitter cuz it also functions like a virtual traffic cop, directing you to cool links throughout the web. Who needs google? Sike! It’s also so much fun, like having a virtual pet. P.S. Brian Solis’ Twitter posts and others have gotten me major kudos in the workplace. Love y’all.

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    no imageKristin T. (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:48 am

    I <3 Twitter b/c it’s a great writing exercise in cutting clutter. It also makes me laugh & think & look at the world differently, and reminds me I’m not alone.

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    no imagePete Verral (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:48 am

    I love Twitter for the robust, lively dialog and exchange of news and viewpoints. Every time I log on, I learn something new from the Twitter family of very savvy people.

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    no imagedrgilpin (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:48 am

    I love Twitter because I make professional connections, keep up with news that interests me, stay in touch with friends, find out about emerging trends and new technologies, am pushed to think about things in new ways. Not just every day, but several times an hour, and all in the same place. It’s one-stop shopping for brain food and connections.

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    no imageGopal Shenoy (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:49 am

    I love twitter because I have found people with very similar interests. They have allowed me to discover resources I would have otherwise never known. Twitter perfectly embodies everything social media stands for – Participating, sharing and conversing.

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    no imageJessica (from It's my life...) (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:49 am

    I <3 Twitter because it’s my very own watercooler and I can populate it with people I find fascinating, smart, funny, or just downright cool. Try doing that in a traditional office!
    Follow me! I’m kikarose.

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    no imageChris Wallace (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:49 am

    I hate twitter. But I can’t stop.

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    no imagelazyjulie (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:49 am

    I love twitter because I enjoy connecting without obligation or concerns about hurt feelings or misunderstandings. If people like what I say, read, do, they say so. If not, they ignore me and I do the same. I LOVE that.

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    no imageDRGilpin (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:50 am

    I love Twitter because I make professional connections, keep up with news that interests me, stay in touch with friends, find out about emerging trends and new technologies, am pushed to think about things in new ways. Not just every day, but several times an hour, and all in the same place.

    It’s one-stop shopping for brain food and connections.

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    no imageScott Schablow (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:50 am

    I <3 Twitter initially because I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and information. Now I love it because I have made so many good friends and contacts that enrich my personal and business life.

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    no imagePhillip (PhillyMac) (Who am I?)29 October 2008 7:54 am

    I <3 twitter because of the socialization! It’s great to be able to work from home and still socialize, especially with such brilliant people, every day.

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    no imageCarl Weaver (Who am I?)29 October 2008 8:06 am

    I love Twitter because it gives you a snapshot of what people are thinking – a quick, easily digestible bite of idea. It’s like the tapas restaurant of the social media food court.

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    no imageMarifer (Who am I?)29 October 2008 8:12 am

    I <3 Twitter because of the people in it. Without the amazing people that share their experiences and knowledge day in and day out, I don’t think I’ll be as obsessed with it as I am.

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    no imageNurtureGirl (Who am I?)29 October 2008 8:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this Brian!

    I <3 twitter because I feel part of a collective consciousness – made so much more effective by the ability to connect and flow together simply, quickly, and broadly.

    Today is also the #iloveObama campaign kickoff.

    See also ilovex.wordpress.com for organizing all sorts of I love x campaigns and days. (Ilovex also on FF + FB.)

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    no imageJayadeep Rath (Who am I?)29 October 2008 8:23 am

    I <3 twitter because of the synergy it creates as a result of multiple smart brains working together to create a combined effect which is larger than the sum of their individual effects.

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    no imageSandra (Who am I?)29 October 2008 9:47 am

    I <3 twitter because I meet new friends and find new info. It’s interesting reading people’s take on things from all over the world. Everyone doesn’t agree on everything but many people appear to get along anyway.

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    no imageKara (Who am I?)29 October 2008 11:18 am

    I <3 twitter because it opened up an avenue of new communication. I can trade ideas, get tips from top experts, and share information with hundreds of people at once. Also great way to start up initial conversations with people in the social media space and be the first to learn about new innovations. The possibilities are endless…

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    no imageRosy (Who am I?)29 October 2008 2:48 pm

    I love Twitter because I have learned so much about health, fitness, marketing and social media. I love Twitter, because I’m connected (even in a small way) to truly exceptional people.

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    no imageMichelle (Who am I?)29 October 2008 10:16 pm

    I love Twitter because I love adventure and surprises, and it’s full of both. The people aren’t half bad either.

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    no imageMarissa Louie (Who am I?)30 October 2008 7:54 am

    I <3 Twitter because my Twitter troll tries to be malicious but is kind of funny.

    Actually, I <3 Twitter because I get props for saying inane things :-)

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    no imageSowmya Katrmali (Who am I?)30 October 2008 9:04 am

    I love twitter because it helps you discover and connect and interact with people with similar professional interests. I haven’t met half my followers/those who I follow, and I have learned so much from them.

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