Have you been following the craze over TwtrSymphony? Have you heard the tweets and passed it off as another fad, another twitter flash and fade?If so, than you're missing what's happen underneath all the tweets and public displays. Social media is about public displays, but what of the non-public communications? --the things that happen in email, over the phone and in the coffee shops?
You can't really tell what's happening in those places unless you're part of those hidden conversations. It's difficult to tell if something "viral" is really viral or just flash without participating in the background, underground, groundswell. The difference between momentary flashes and truly viral events are those 'hidden' conversations taking place. If you're not part of the underground movement, all you can do is sit on the surface of social media and watch.
Well, something happened today. You may not have seen it. With Twitter, posts go up and disappear in a manner of minutes. If you're following hundreds of people (or thousands in the case of some die-hards), random posts can be hard to spot, if you don't know what to look for. Since I'm intimately involved with TwtrSymphony, I did and it's amazing!
LessonSpark blogged about TwtrSymphony today. JodiBortz tweeted it at 7:30pm (Pacific Time). The article: "@twtrsymphony - Bringing Musicians Together from All Over" talks about the social media craze of TwtrSymphony. The words talk about the excitement Jodi feels at being involved, but between the words are the thoughts going on with musicians all over the world. Musicians who have day jobs, more important activities to deal with, concerts, recitals, auditions, can't help themselves. They are tweeting about it, exchanging emails, posting on Facebook. Random comments seemingly unrelated are cropping up all over. They may or may not mention TwtrSymphony. But for those of us involved, the meaning is clear, the excitement is infectious --we have caught the TwtrSymphony virus and we're reveling in our affliction.
While I can't share with you the vast number of emails I've received over the past week+, I can assure you, the dialog is not just about Twitter, not just about today, but looking into the future. This is not just flash, because while the people involved are excited about what's happening today, they are looking into the future, discussing the possibilities, making plans and working hard to make them reality. The difference between TwtrSymphony and other flash and faded phenomenon is TwtrSymphony has people talking about the future in subtle, obscure ways. Now that you know this, follow the people who are following TwtrSymphony. You'll see a common thread in many of the conversations, even if they aren't talking directly about TwtrSymphony.
Musicians from all over the world are becoming friends, working together to create something new and exciting. They are becoming more than just a collection of really good musicians, they are something so much more - a truly global orchestra.