I have recently created a Twitter account (@ShannonBolen ) and am experiencing first hand the power to Twitter. What initially put Twitter under a positive light for me was hearing about Amanda Palmer. I encourage everyone to watch the TedTalk she gave "The Art of Asking" because it is quite amazing. What makes this so phenomenal is the fact that Amanda Palmer works as a musician. Many people, including myself, are trying to make money by performing music. Her story illustrates the hardships of becoming successful in the music world but also shows the potential of people in and out of the "celebrity" world.
I love the Amanda Palmer story because it shows how resourceful Twitter is. Many companies on Twitter post about events or many stars and celebrities work their own Twitter. Jenna Fischer retweeted a tweet from an army family thanking her for The Office. Maestro Lorin Maazel posts interesting thoughts he has about music and conducting. Carnegie Hall posts about music teacher workshops. These are things at all interest me, especially the last one. I simply would not have known about or bothered to look up these things because I did not know they existed. An important phase that happens on Facebook as well, orchestras are advertising free streamings of concerts and such. As a teacher, I can use this for my music classes to help show students what an orchestra and a concert hall might sound like, especially if I end up teaching in an area where music is scarce. I can also encourage my students to follow myself and other musicians if they have Twitters and post helpful links, videos, and pictures to help them.