Today I hit a major milestone in the life of an avid Twitterfile. I surpassed 1000 followers. To those that don’t use Twitter this may not seem like many. They may read about such Twitterati celebrities like @aplusk, @BarackObama, @jimmyfallon, @lancearmstrong, @iamdiddy – but let’s get serious, these people were in the public eye to begin with. To hear that they have hundreds of thousands of people following them shouldn’t come as any surprise. They’re intriguing, talented people that are changing the world, entertaining the world, and breaking records.
The reason why my 1000 landmark is monumental is because I’ve never been in the public eye. I’ve never been a guest on a talk show. I’ve never run a country, starred in a movie , cut a rap album, played in an all-star game or crushed the Tour De France. That’s specifically why Twitter is exploding. I have a following. Chris Dessi, father of Talia, married to Laura, son to Patricia and Adrian. I live in a townhouse in a sleepy little town. I have a good education, from good schools. I’m a good guy, with good values, and a good family. I’ve never broken a record, let a alone made one. But for this moment, I have 1000 people that are interested in what I have to say. Now, of course this is in a micro format (only 140 characters), and I fully understand that not all of my Tweets are read by my loyal flock. What I can tell you is that I get a thrill when I find something fascinating online, Tweet it, and see people Re-Tweet it. WOW – the power of spreading information, and passing on the good. I even decided to start #feelgoodfriday – where you can pass on stories that make you feel good. I tweeted it, and saw people pass on a sweet video I found on youtube.com that documented a unique wedding proposal. This is fascinating. This is powerful. This is also.. ALMOST the pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Self actualization will come – with the next iteration of Twitter (who knows what that company will be called). Twitter offers us the ability to fulfill this aspect of our needy little personalities. Today I’m happy that I have 1000 people listening to me. After all isn’t that what we all crave in the end? To be recognized? To be acknowledged? I see you, I’ll follow you, I’ll listen to you. Twitter is a blast, and can be a powerful business tool. The popularity will not wane, only grow. We’re tapping into some very primal human desires in the interim. Cool.-