Fun and Inspiring Quotes About Twitter and Social Media

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It's impossible to calculate how many quotations have been shared on social media platforms like Twitter, and how many quotes have become "quotable" because social media made them viral and famous. Despite the relentless chatty, tweety, twirly noise that constantly emanates from it, when Twitter talks, Tweeters listen ... and quote... and retweet... and the tweeters themselves find themselves positioned as quotable experts on social media, 140 characters at a time.  

What follows are funny and inspiring quotable quotations about Twitter and social media and how it has changed the nature of business and customer relationships in the U.S. The quotes are arranged in no particular order. The quote authors identified with "@" names are tweeters, who may be famous in the "real" world, famous in their virtual social media networks, or completely unknown in both the physical universe and the Twittersphere.

Funny and Inspiring Quotations About the Business Value of Twitter and Social Media

  • “Twitter provides us with a wonderful platform to discuss/confront societal problems. We trend Justin Bieber instead.” ― Lauren Leto
  • "On Twitter, we get excited if someone follows us. In real life, we get really scared and run away." ~Unknown via @mozusa
  • “The best way to engage honestly with the marketplace via Twitter is to never use the words "engage," "honesty," or "marketplace.” ― Jeffrey Zeldman
  • “All one needs is a computer, a network connection, and a bright spark of initiative and creativity to join the economy.” -Don Tapscott
  • “Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards.” -Jay Baer, Convince & Convert
  • "When you've got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes - @mattcutts
  • “LinkedIn is for the people you know. Facebook is for the people you used to know. Twitter is for people you want to know” ~ Source unknown
  • "A creative idea plus a fresh network is the best way to go from zero to millions." - @peretti
  • “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful.” -Jonathan Zittrain
  • "While face-to-face is just as important as it ever was, now that we've got all kinds of new tools let us tighten bonds in between those in-person moments." - @chrisbrogan
  • "On Twitter, you get 140 characters to be worth paying attention to, no matter who (or what) you are." - @graemem
  • “Social Media is about sociology and psychology more than technology.” – Brian Solis Principal of FutureWorks
  • "Given a limit of 140 characters, people consistently reaffirm that creativity is a renewable resource." - @biz
  • “Our head of social media is the customer.” –McDonald’s
  • "We live in a world where engagement with your consumer is critical. The one-to-many paradigm is gone. Are you prepared?" - @ iProspect
  • "The Internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way message into a real-time dialogue with millions." - @daniellesacks
  • “You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.” –David Meerman Scott, Best-Selling Author & Speaker
  • With the growing reliance on social media, we no longer search for news or the products and services we wish to buy. Instead, they are being pushed to us by friends, acquaintances and business colleagues. Erik Qualman
  • “Ultimately, brands need to have a role in society. The best way to have a role in society is to understand how people are talking about things in real time.” -Jean-Philippe Maheu, Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy
  • "There are a few core values for social media at Zappos: transparency, authenticity, and value. The audience wants to see them with their guard down - they want to know who's behind the computer answering their question or taking their order." - @nichole_kelly
  • "It's not just about consuming content, but sharing it, passing it on, and adding to it." - @ariannahuff
  • “Social networks aren’t about Web sites. They’re about experiences.” ~ Mike DiLorenzo
  • "Our brand really stays engaged by learning and doing research. it means really understanding how fans connect with us, so we can then continue to connect with them." @mdavis2
  • "If you want to build a presence in the social media platform, then you need to be present." - @unmarketing
  • “Social media are tools. Real-time is a mindset.” -David Meerman Scott, author
  • "If you do not have great content it does not matter at all how you deliver it." - @unmarketing
  • "Twitter is not a technology. It's a conversation. And it's happening with or without you." - @charleneli
  • At a minimum, the majority of search dollars will flow to a social media model because people care most about what their peers think and the technology is there for that information to be quickly shared on products and services. Erik Qualman
  • "There's more value in messages shared publicly because more opportunities arise. A kind of social alchemy takes place when a seemingly valueless message finds its way to someone for whom it strikes a chord." - @toomuchnick
  • "Things that help others is what gets the most shares." - @chrisbrogan “We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency: With hundreds of TV channels, billions of Web sites, podcasts, radio shows, music downloads and social networking, our attention is more fragmented than ever before.” -Pete Cashmore, Founder of Mashable
  • “Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.” -Matt Goulart
  • “Don’t worry; skills are cheap, passion is priceless. If you’re passionate about your content and you know it and do it better than anyone else, even with few formal business skills you have the potential to create a million-dollar business.” -Gary Vaynerchuk
  • “The old paradigm was pay to play. Now you get back what you authentically put in. You’ve got to be willing to play to play.” -Alex Bogusky, Founder CP+B
  • “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin, Best-Selling Author

Why You Should Use Twitter

Since the first tweet was tweeted on March 21, 2006, social media in general and Twitter specifically has not only changed the way the world communicates (frequently, and in short bursts), it has also changed the way customers interact with businesses (individually, and transparently). With 1.3 billion accounts, and 320 million active users, Twitter is not the most popular social media channel in the world, but it is undeniably the most powerful real-time communication tool, with the power to get employees fired, professional sports heroes dethroned, and governments overthrown. 

Businesses in general and the retail industry specifically have conceded that social media presence is no longer optional because to not have a presence on Twitter, FacebookYouTubePinterest, and Instagram is to not have a presence where billions of people are focusing their attention every day. That is a level of marketing invisibility that few businesses can afford, no matter what industry they are in. Certainly, brand-building in the 21st century is rooted in social media platforms    

Social media is the great equalizer where anybody can be quotable because they are wise, or clever, or for no good reason at all.