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OK, so maybe the Twitter bird isn’t a robin…but I just can’t get the “tweet, tweet, tweetly-tweet” out of my head.
I consider myself pretty well-connected. My mom used to tell a joke that went on and on about how I knew the pastor, the mayor, the governor, the president and took us all the way to the Vatican. While there, I tell her that I can’t take her in but she can wait in St. Peter’s Square until the Pope and I come out on the balcony. She gets pushed further and further back until all she can see is two figures come out and wave to the crowd. She nudges the guy next to her and says, “Can you tell who that is up there?” and he replies, “I don’t know who the guy in the white rob is but the other one is Amber.” (giggle)
Despite the constant teasing from my friends about how many Facebook “friends” I have, it wasn’t until I joined Twitter that I fully grasped how vast and how WONDERFUL the lactation community is…and how unconnected to these (or at least the fabulous crowd on Twitter) women I was! Within days of joining, I was tweeting with (and receiving replys) from some of the movers and shakers in really encouraging moms on their breastfeeding journey. Now, don’t get me wrong…I love me some Facebook but Twitter open some big, new doors for me. It has become a place where I could “have the ear of” leaders, thinkers and doers, making a significant impact in how we respond to and support moms.
I received comments from Brie and Erin, both breastfeeding moms, on my Flash Mob post saying that Twitter had become their “FLASH MOB”…the community of other mother’s dancing around them, cheering them on. Got me thinking about those middle of the night fussy times when mine were little (pre-Twitter). Being able to toss a little “I need some encouragement” into the stratosphere and get a “Rock on!” back might have made all the difference in the world.
Twitter can be a wee bit overwhelming at first. Single Dad Laughing posted this great link this morning to make it a wee bit more understandable:
I often search for the hashtags #breastfeeding, #bfing, #bfchat and #bfcafe to get info and find those mamas putting out their pleas for help. This is also how I find people to follow…those that are saying things that I need to hear!
So, jump in. Join the conversation. Offer some encouragement. And have fun. Go get your bad self a Twitter account and be a Rockin’ Robin…or whatever the heck that little Twitter Bird is!
And as a special treat, here my favorite daughter’s class singing a little about our beloved Twitter Bird:
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Are you on Twitter? How are you using it to encourage other moms?