Expanding My Worldview, Thanks Twitter
It wasn't in some revolutionary moment of social media championing or seeing a social movement spread. It's been much simpler and more subtle than that.
What was the key that changed my worldview?
It sounds silly. I mean, I've always known there were Timezones, right? I've known how they've worked and I've traveled to other countries enough in my life to experience serious jet lag (most countries are across an ocean from the U.S.)
But Twitter is what finally made Timezones sink in. When my typical work day is starting to wind down all my Western European friends are going to bed. When I wake up in the morning I get to see what my Australian and New Zealand friends are doing with their leisure hours the next night. I have friends around the world that wrap up their work day as I start mine.
Not to mention that I'm a freelancer and I work weird hours. Sometimes I'm still awake at 4am working. Other days I'm waking up at 5am to start my work day. It's weird and random and I love it... but there's always one of my Twitter friends awake regardless of the hour.
The biggest change has come because I've internalized Timezones in a way that I never had before Twitter. I now have a real life grasp on what's going on around the world at any time of day.
It's really cool.
So thanks Twitter. I owe you one.