I just finished watching “The Wizard of Oz” with my kids. What a delight! There is so much to like about this classic, but it got me thinking about Twitter and of course more than just Twitter, about people in general.
People tend to be motivated by one of the three things that Dorothy’s friends so longed for. The Scarecrow was motivated by truth, testified to by his musical lament “If I Only Had a Brain”. The Tin-Man was in need of a heart and demonstrated the second great motivation, love. And finally the Lion thought that if he could only find courage then he would really be king of the forest. The Lion was motivated by power.
On Twitter there will always be some people for whom the main reason they are there is to find or disseminate information. These are the Scarecrows. For others, information is all well and good but what really keeps them tweeting are the relationships! They are the Tin-men (and women!) And finally there are some who Tweet because they want to make a difference. They might be championing a cause, pushing an agenda, or trying to sell you something but they are all Lions.
So which one are you?
- Scarecrow – You use Twitter primarily to discover what is happening, get the latest news first, and to share your knowledge with others.
- Tin-Man – You use Twitter primarily to connect with interesting people and are really here for the relationships.
- Lion – You use Twitter primarily to make a difference and your main object is to see results.
I am a Lion through and through! I have a great respect for truth, and am trying to grow in love but the reason that I am excited about Twitter is because there is potential to involve hundreds of people in helping trauma children around the world.
The real challenge comes as all of us try to travel this wonderful Twitter-brick road together. If we argue about which is the correct way to travel the road the Wicked Witch will get us for sure! But if we can work together like Dorothy and her friends and each help the other find what they are looking for, we will discover that we have what we wanted as well.
So which one are you? Scarecrow, Tin-Man or Lion?