Today we revive our occasional “Thankful Thursday” feature to give thanks for a special Internet destination: Twitter.com. We’re sure a number of you who may be unfamiliar with Twitter may be asking, “What in the world does this have to do with raw foods?”
In fact, there’s quite a bit of raw foods “activity” on that site! But first, let’s take a look at what Twitter is. Basically, it’s a web site where you sign up with a username, and then you answer the question, “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less.
So, for example, you might write something like, “Enjoying a smoothie!”
Okay, so who reads this? Well, basically, you need to build up a list of “followers.” Most of the time, you would do this by browsing around until you find people who seem interesting to you, and then engage them in a mini-conversation. You should probably start by “following” them. (Just click on the “follow” button on their page.) This means that every time they post (or “tweet”), it’ll show up on your Twitter home page — known as your “feed.” Quite often, those you follow will follow you back.
Another way to make friends is to tweet at people. You can do this directly by starting your update with the @ sign, followed by their username. So, to say good morning to Wendi, you would just type in something like, “@WendiDee Good Morning!! .” Or you can click on the reply icon next to any post to automatically start a reply directed at an individual user. The best way to learn is to simply do. Go there and hang out for a while … develop a feel for it!
Some people make fun of Twitter, feeling as though it’s nothing more than a giant chat room in which millions of people announce mundane personal activities to the world. Other people feel it’s simply “yet another social networking platform” for marketing or being marketed to. And yes, there is a lot of that going on. But it’s also a fun way to interact in more or less “real time” with other people — and, if you focus in primarily on other raw foodies, it’s a great way to participate and be connected to other like-minded people.
So how do you find the raw foodies already on Twitter? Great question! (See, we knew you were interested!) Well, we’ll tell you right now that there are two you can start with: Just get on Twitter and send a quick hello to @WendiDee (Wendi’s Twitter name) and/or @Rawdiant (Jim’s). From there, you can do two things: (1) Check out our personal lists of followers and followees, and (2) Visit the All Raw Directory’s social networking page, here, where there are approximately a few hundred raw foodie Twitter feeds listed! (And, if you’re new to Twitter and/or haven’t yet put your own name on that list, please feel free to do so. The All Raw Directory is easy to use and is there for that purpose!)
If you’re on Twitter, feel free to drop your username in the comments section! We love to connect with our Pure Jeevan family in any way possible!