One of great minds I follow on Twitter is Jane McGonigal. She is a researcher dedicated to showing people how games can make the world a better place. More specifically how reality can be tweaked to become even more engaging, more rewarding, and teach us more than we think we know.
Last night, Jane put out a call looking for new people to follow on Twitter. I immediately responded not expecting anything in return, in fact it was just a quick knee jerk reaction of someone posing a question and me wanting to respond, quickly.
Prior to her tweet I had been tweeting about the GOP Debate, the EMChat, and how a colleague of mine is going to India to get married and how we wanted her to bring back an elephant so we could change our mascot from a Bison to an Elephant.
I responded to her request for new people to follow, then this happened:
You could be saying, “I don’t get it. What’s so great about that?”
And you don’t have to get it. You don’t have to think it’s great. The point is, here is a woman who has given a TED talk. That alone puts you at celebrity status in my mind; not just anyone can give a TED talk. The fact that she is a woman who gave a TED talk about video games and gaming, puts her over the edge in my mind of someone I see as a role model.
Her research will be cited in my future dissertation and I hope to connect with her more down the road in regards to her research and as she requested, “life and other cool stuff.”
The point is, she would have remained just someone who gave a really cool TED talk and someone that tweeted once in a while. Now she is more than that. We are connected on Twitter and hopefully that turns into a few more connections down the road. Is this networking? I think it is. It opened the door for me to have future communication and correspondence with someone’s whose work I admire.
Thank you Twitter for making that happen.
For more on Jane and her awesomeness, see below: