At one of my book events in Boulder, Colorado, an artist in the audience mentioned her frustrations with being an introvert on Twitter. She feared saying something that she might regret later.
I imagine there are many other artists out there who feel the same way she does.
As I was fumbling to respond to the concerns, audience member Andrea Meyer, a writer, entered the discussion. She said that she loves Twitter so much precisely because she’s an introvert.
I was intrigued enough to ask for a follow-up phone interview with Andrea, who obliged.
Andrea said that in social situations, it’s often hard for introverts to think on their feet.
Introverts often can’t get a word in edgewise in an in-person group conversation. The extroverts are taking charge while the introverts are churning over their response.
After a little time has passed, it’s too late to speak up. The conversation has moved on.
Not so with Twitter or other forms of social media.
Twitter seems like an instant platform, but it actually gives you a little time to respond and still participate in the conversation.
It’s a level playing field. Introverts get just as much screen space as extroverts.
Are you an introvert?
Is Twitter (or another social media site) a perfect platform for introverts?