"Computer Love": Terri J. Vaughn Shouts Out Her "Tweet-A-Leaks"
Actress talks about the power of Twitter
My thoughts today are simple. I am so grateful for so many things in my life. Mainly the people that God has surrounded me with to help me along this journey he has paved for me to walk. Now of course there are the obvious close-knit people in my life: my mother, sister, husband, children and ride-or-die friends and family. But, no, I’m not speaking of my gratefulness of them right now.
I’m actually contemplating over another very specific group of people whom I’ve grown quite close to; even asking for prayers or praying with, sharing concerns and joys, or just looking forward to shooting the breeze with. I’m speaking of my cyber family. All those I communicate with on a regular via #Twitter and #Facebook. I’ll be honest I’m mostly on Twitter these days. After years of bucking that social media madness, I finally got on Twitter at the persistent urging of others. And I have to admit, I really feel like I’m a part of a community of people who genuinely are like a family, in a weird over cyberspace way. And I love it.
One example of the close connection with my Twitter family – whom I have coined "tweet-a-leaks" – is when my mother-in-law first went into the hospital last month. It was unbelievably scary for us. We really didn’t think she was going to make it. I believe in the power of prayer and I know that God can perform miracles at the drop of a dime, if He so chooses. So though me and my family had been praying like crazy, I reached out to my tweet-a-leaks to request prayers for my mother-in-law and immediately thousands of prayers went up. To this day, my tweet-a-leaks check in with me to see how Moms is doing, and they still continue to add her to their prayers. That’s powerful and I am grateful.
Just recently I woke up one day with a massive back pain; it was even painful to walk. The chiropractor told me that structurally I was fine, but I’d been carrying a massive amount of stress and I need to find a way to release the stress I’d been holding, or things could get a lot worse. So I shared this information with my tweet-a-leaks, because I believe knowledge is power and if I can help someone by sharing my experience, then I’m going to tell it. Immediately I was overwhelmed with concerns, antidotes and even scolded about taking care of myself. They care. We care about each other and I am grateful.
People use social networking for different things- some to promote products, shows, or themselves, some to find a love connection or play out a fantasy, some to connect with their favorite celebrities and others to connect with their fans.
The latter was my initial mission- just to connect with my fans. But not too long ago someone asked me what I like most about Twitter and my immediate response was and still is very clear. It’s a powerful tool that can be used to spread love and goodness or evil and pain. Of course my use is the obvious first scenario: to spread and share love and goodness.
My message to you my theloop21.com family is this: Yes, these new fangled social media networks can be fun. But don’t forget the power you carry by just the tap of the “send” key. We are able to connect with millions of people across the globe. We can choose to be a part of creating a world of compassion, love, encouragement and healing or we can destroy someone’s life with that same click. We have so much to learn from each other. So my real message to you, my theloop21.com family is…follow me on Twitter @terrijvaughn ! HA!