Today is Social Media Day. The part of me that grew up in the ’90s kind of can’t believe this is a real thing, but I also realize that I now use social media on a daily basis (wrote Captain Obvious in her blog). ’90s-Rachel also can’t believe I’m about to say this next part, but these days, Twitter is increasingly important to my life.
I started using Twitter for the most noble of reasons: to stay up-to-date on my favorite celebrities. I gradually added in local restaurants, news outlets, stores, and more. Within a few months, I realized the free service of Twitter was actually causing me to spend money.
There’s always something going on in the Twin Cities, and Twitter makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the ones most exciting to me. A recent highlight was seeing Chuck Klosterman at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul at an event called Wits — not only did I find out about it through Twitter, audience members were asked to tweet during the show. Would this appeal to everyone? Definitely not, but it appealed to me and other followers of MPR and Chuck Klosterman.
Another big coup was finding out about (and subsequently buying early tickets to) Paul Simon’s concert at First Avenue. I took my mom for Mother’s Day, so thank you, Twitter, for making me daughter of the year.
The Twitter madness is not limited to arts events: this weekend, I’ll be cheering on the Minnesota Twins in Target Field thanks to tickets from the American Diabetes Association. The ADA offered free tickets to anyone who raised a certain amount of money for their Step Out to Fight Diabetes event. I was planning to donate to the event anyway, and I love the Twins, so this was exactly the motivation I needed.
Oh, and I also found out about the upcoming New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys concert through Twitter. Now that’s something ’90s Rachel can get behind.