I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks now (it goes to show you how much I can procrastinate). But a couple of weekends ago, when I went to blog the Netflix Band From TV concert, I found out I could send even non-friends tweets on Twitter. So I sent Vera Sweeney, the editor of celebrity blog I‘m Not Obsessed, a note about going to the concert. I also responded to something else she had said in her updates. She was so sweet to return two responses to me! Since then, we have had a few more nice exchanges on Twitter.

Did I expect a response from her in the beginning? Honestly, no. I figured she had enough on her blackberry to read every day. I don’t think I would have gotten a response from her if I had only left comments on her blog, because she doesn’t read her blog comments much anymore, due to the overwhelming negativity that is often expressed there. But she was kind and generous enough to take a moment to respond to me on Twitter. Wow.

On a side note, ironically, at the concert, a couple stood beside me with the “Blogging for Dummies” book on top of their belongings. I asked them about it, and the husband told me he was going to start a blog, but he didn’t know its topic yet. I recommended Darren Rowse’s Problogger to them.

Since I follow Darren on Twitter, I was able to send him a tweet telling him about my encounter and recommendation of his site. He sent me a reply thanking me for the recommendation.

On the same weekend, Chris Edwards of Ask Chris Edwards became my friend on Twitter (I still wonder how he found my profile). He’s a funny guy.

So as you can see, Twitter is pretty awesome at connecting people. Try it. You never know who might respond to you or become your friend, but you won’t know unless you try.