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The Magic of Twitter June 19, 2011

Filed under: My crazy life — fabamy @ 6:38 pm
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I’ve talked a lot about the amazing Twitter community and all the support I’ve gotten during the whole kidney transplant process. A lot of people think Twitter is dumb, which doesn’t surprise me.

They think it’s inane, which to me just shows that they’re not following the right people, not tweeting enough or they simply aren’t engaging. Fine, it’s not for everybody and I understand that.

I see a lot of businesses who just don’t get it. They get frustrated because social media “doesn’t work” for them. It takes effort. It takes time. It also takes a LOT of practice & research. Just because you like to tweet from a personal account, it doesn’t mean you know what to do for a business. I am lucky that I got my job because of one of my followers. He knows what has to be done on Twitter, but he just doesn’t have the time. He knows a shitload, but I’m a bit more skilled and a marketing freak, so I got hired. Hooray for Twitter! I am very careful to keep the business pages separate from my personal account. Our bio clearly explains that both of us could be tweeting, but the people I’ve built relationships with know it’s me tweeting the majority of the time. I even put my name after some tweets to make sure it’s perfectly clear that it’s me saying it, not him. THIS HAS TO BE DONE to avoid confusion.

For the past 6 weeks or so, (a bit after my surgery), my sleep patterns have been messed up. I had been medicated for about a week and that’s really hard to bounce back from. So, I’m up late every night. Social media never sleeps & I have to have my “own time” to interact, so I do it after 11pm pretty much every night of the week. There is a group of about a dozen of us up late every night and we started using the hashtag “#PHXLateNite.” It’s built yet another community that I am involved in. So, a couple of the “members” of the group planned for a meetup last night. We started out at one of the Zipps locations in North Phoenix. I got there a little late and brought some friends with me. By using the #PHXLateNite hashtag, we were trending on Twitter, which is always cool. Well, another bar had seen us trending and invited us to go to their place (Canyon Club) so we all tabbed-out and headed over there. The place was DEAD. There were 2 people there. I’m not exaggerating. They gave us a private room in back, which was GORGEOUS. Really plush leather chairs, a couple pool tables and a lot of screens to show the videos of the music the DJ was playing. There were about 20 of us and after a couple of us asked about specials, they pulled out the happy hour menu and honored those prices. It was after 11pm, but they saw the value in a large group. I am pretty sure we would have left & given our business to someplace else had they not done this. That’s what businesses often forget: Take care of your customers & they will take care of you. There was even a woman who showed up, who knew NOBODY in our group, because she had seen the hashtag & trending topic. How cool is that????

Everyone was having a blast. The service was great (considering we were the only ones there, it had to be!) and the bartender, Johnny, is now the fodder of my dreams. Ha.

So, Twitter isn’t just about what you ate for breakfast. Or about whining about your recent breakup. It’s about building a community & making friends you can spend time with in person. In my case, I don’t know where I would be emotionally without all the Twitter communities I am involved in.

Twitter is magic. If it’s done properly.



14 Responses to “The Magic of Twitter”

  1. thefob Says:

    I’m forwarding your post to my boyfriend. He’s one of those people who doesn’t understand Twitter and no amount of discussions on the topic have helped. He just doesn’t get why I talk to “random strangers” and I don’t blame him. But this post might help my cause 🙂

    Glad you’re doing well after the surgery and hooray for the new gig!

  2. Michael Says:

    Very cool… personally, i don’t understand why Phx isn’t a Nocturnal City… you know, turn the clock upside down… change the meaning of “9 to 5” to 9 pm to 5 am… can you imagine how cool it would be (literally) to see the city all lit up, cars driving around with their windows open and the tops down, hustling & bustling at 1 in the morning as everyone pours out of their office buildings to have “lunch” outside in the park…? maybe i’ll run for mayor.

  3. this is a wonderful post. I agree twitter is amazing if done properly. I really enjoyed meeting you (even if you do hate Rush, and you’re still fired) I really want to introduce you to one of my colleagues who is a recipient of a kidney transplant. He would personally want to thank you. Your personality just shines.

    • fabamy Says:

      Thanks, Donna! I am always up to meet others in the kidney world, whether they are a donor or recipient!

      • His mother donated her kidney to him, and he tattoo’d an owl over the scar because his mom loves owls, now how cool is that. I think I need to get him to the next #PhxLateNight

  4. fabamy Says:

    I’ll be getting our #TinyFabKidney logo tattooed pretty soon. Still not sure if I want it on my back, over where it used to be, or somewhere on my arm. I want it someplace where people will ask about it. It may inspire others to do the same!

  5. Brie Says:

    For a long time, I wasn’t following the right people and Twitter just wasn’t anything special to me. Then I stumbled across a few of you and my life has changed for the better since. There is no way I would have met any of you otherwise, our paths just didn’t cross before. I feel like with each passing month I become more involved in our amazing Phoenix community and meet even more incredible local people.
    Even more so… Twitter is about choice. SO many facebook friends are friends because of social politics, there’s an obligation there, and many of them I’m friends with because we had to become friends through school or work. But Twitter is different – I’m friends with people because I *WANT* to be, I follow because I *WANT* to follow. And vice versa. When it’s done right, for business or personal, it’s real & true & good. You either get that or you don’t.

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  7. Ashley Oakes Says:

    This is a great example of why social media works. Thanks Amy!

  8. Terra Walker Says:

    Hey, Amy. You are one of the most amazing people I’ve been lucky enough to have been introduced to through the magic of Twitter. Thanks for being awesome!

  9. Jacqui Says:

    I just wanted to say how amazing I think it is that you donated your kidney. Such an unselfish and caring thing to do…bravo!

  10. Deanna Figueroa Says:

    I cant even remember how we met but Im pretty sure it was on Twitter while I was still in Mexico. Prolly thru lafinguy. lol. Twitter sucks on a Kindle tho

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