[image: from erin dunigan]
Over the past few months I have discovered that I really enjoy Twitter. Yeah, yeah yeah for those that have already dropped me because I tweet too often, you probably think I enjoy it too much . . . so if your eyes are rolling already, you may want to stop reading.
Champagne problems I know, but sometimes I get totally overwhelmed by the constant barrage of email and Facebook messages and I just want to hide. When those times come, unplugging is certainly a valid choice at times, but most of the time I also want to stay connected with key folks in my life, be accessible for family or for pastoral issues and not have to choose between the extremes of OFF or ON.
There is a social media middle ground and Twitter is that place for me.
What I have discovered recently is that Twitter really helps the Introverted part of me to check out of the larger conversations and retreat into a social media cave of my own choosing. While I love the interactions that happen on Facebook, sometimes it is too much and I need to have smaller more intimate conversations. Unfortunately, when I need to take a break from the larger conversations and recharge without having to disconnect from friends, family and local church peeps other platforms make it almost impossible. This is mostly because when I am on, say Facebook, and want to only connect with family, there is undoubtedly someone from my larger circle of community sending me a note, poking, me, etc. Sure I could just ignore it, but that is just not my style, nor how I have developed my FB practices. But twitter, unlike eMail, texting, Facebook and other platforms that I have been known to frequent, with Twitter you can't get to me unless I want you to. Through most other platforms you can send me a note and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, but on Twitter you can only send me a note (Direct Message in Twitterese) if I am following you.
Sure you can us "@breyeschow" to talk ABOUT me, but not everyone can talk TO me instigating interaction whether I want it or not. This freedom allows me to lurk and interact as I want, connect with others on my own terms and otherwise find that closer community that has developed over twitter . . . and if someone REALLY needs to get in touch with me, they can.
As I have lived into this great gift of twitter, I have found myself more willing and able to really take a break from some of the other stuff that can so easily take over your social media life, and if I can do that, all the flack I get for my twitter life is worth it.