Recently, I invited my twenty something nephew to open an account and follow me on Twitter. He sent me an anti-spam-like reply: "Sorry Dave, I draw the line at Twitter." Well alrighty then. So how do you explain the value of Twitter to a skeptic? I like to tell my Laura Fitton story.
"Sorry Dave, I draw the line at Twitter."
Laura Fitton and I follow each other on Twitter, but otherwise don't know each other. Why would we? Laura is a prolific speaker and entrepreneur in the social media space. She founded Pistachio Consulting, co-authored Twitter for Dummies and recently launched the startup http://oneforty.com, a comprehensive directory of web based mobile, desktop and miscellaneous platform apps for Twitter. I am an occasional Twitter user.
Laura was on a national tour last November promoting Twitter for Dummies and oneforty.com. Scheduled to fly from Orlando to Denver for an 8pm dinner/booksigning, Laura's flight did not take off due to mechanical problems. She tweeted the twitterverse at 4:15pm seeking alternative travel suggestions. Having lived in Denver, I remembered some flight info and jumped in.
Laura while deplaning (4:15pm): "Wondering most expeditious way to rebook on a different flight to Denver ASAP. Any ideas? In Orlando now about to deplane."
Me (4:19pm): "Frontier Airlines has a flight at 5:01pm."
Laura (4:21pm) "What's their #?"
Me (4:23pm): "800-432-1359"
Laura (4:32pm): "Holding a ticket for the 5pm Frontier flight. Twitter I love you excessively. @davidfrawley I owe you one!"
Laura, now boarding (4:35pm): "You are awesome my friend. Thank you VERY much."
Amazing. Made my day. Screw my nephew.