Characters Of The Day: @paul_clarke, @joannejacobs, @jackcabnory
“Where to start.
My involvement in the 140characters project was through, funnily enough, a twitter follower/ee, the wonderful Sue Black (@Dr_Black).
I’d met Sue back in November 2009 when I attended a conference. Yes, that’s right, an actual “let’s get together and talk about twitter” gathering, arranged by someone else I’d met. Well, you can guess the rest.
Being a human being that positively thrives on interaction, Twitter has been the office I don’t work in, the group of like-minded people I would drink with in a pub, if we lived closer than the miles/continents we actually inhabit, and didn’t have the other distractions of life that are spouses, children and earning a daily crust.
By day (and also night sometimes) I’m a London cabbie. No, not one of those stereotypical flat cap, Sun reading, bigoted, xenophobic, women haters. An actual, real life, ambitious, enthusiastic, likeable guy who loves people and learning.
Oh and one more thing. I’m studying to become a primary school teacher.”
“The most compelling thing about Twitter is just how low-tech it is.
Yes you can access all sorts of people, ideas and news incredibly quickly, but it’s only because the technology is so easy to access and use across a variety of devices that it has brought people together. From riot cleanups to revolutions, Twitter has been the vehicle through which information can be a source of power, as well as a medium for sympathy and generosity.
It’s not without its inherent faults. Ease of information dissemination means that inaccurate and pain-inducing messages are just as easy to send as messages of hope, but as an instrumental element of the social media revoution, Twitter’s short messaging service has created more than it has damaged.
One of those creative outputs is ‘One Hundred & Forty Characters’. I’m glad to have been part of it. It’s a moment in time that was worth recording and I’m grateful for the connections that made it possible.”