You Can Talk To Anyone. Are You Interesting Enough?

Twitter is one of the best and worst things about being alive in 2019. But you already know what’s wrong with it. Let’s talk about what’s right.

Gary Vaynerchuk compares Twitter to a cocktail party. You can mix and mingle around a room full of interesting people and conversations, if you know how to filter out the good from the bad.

You can talk to sports stars, movie stars, philosophers, authors, journalists, musicians, astronomers, chemists, theatre lighting experts, and horseback riding instructors – all from your device. You don’t need credentials, you don’t need money.

In short, you can talk to anyone. Anyone.

With that out of the way, the question becomes this: are you actually interesting enough to be able to start a conversation with anyone?

If you want to enjoy the still-amazing environment on Twitter, you need to give people compelling reasons to engage with you.

Have you really formed experiences with trail running to trade trail stories and tips with Amelia Boone?

Have you spent enough time thinking about corporate structure and culture to tell Robin Hanson your thoughts on optimal firm size?

Have you spent enough time working in open-floor-plan startups to be able to share advice on space management with a startup founder?

You get the idea. Conversation is both easy and hard on Twitter. The engagement part is easy. The part where you do all the work to become worth engaging with is the tricky part.

The process of becoming interesting involves much more than just consumption. It takes work. But with work, social media (and all of the great tools we have for communication) can become powerful aids for a good life.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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