Life regularly presents us with choices for which we are not prepared. Sometimes the decisions we make bring about a less than desirable effect on our daily lives. Often we wish that could change our mind, and sometimes we can. I’ve never been one to look back at things with remorse, but I suppose we all have things about our past that we would like to go back and change.
I’ve been on Twitter for a long time. Over time I have used many tools to help manage my account. My all time favorite tool was the original Tweetdeck. It let my make columns of all my different streams, it gave me the ability to schedule posts, the interface was very nice looking, and most importantly it was easy to use. You could install it on your desktop and let it run in your background, which I did daily.
Like most things, Tweetdeck got competition. As Twitter grew, tons of new similar services popped up, and I tried LOTS of them. The all did similar things, and I didn’t really like any of them better than Tweetdeck. The only one that stuck was Hootsuite. They rolled in some additional features that Tweetdeck didn’t have. Tweetdeck started getting very sticky, and would crash constantly. It finally got to the point where I couldn’t even get it to open, very frustrating. There for a while I used booth, but eventually stopped using Tweetdeck and started paying for Hootsuite. I was so done with Tweetdeck.
Over the next couple of years my followers grew, I made great connections, and Twitter was really starting to create opportunities for me. During that time Tweetdeck was aquired by Twitter. I saw the headlines but didn’t pay much attention. Why would I? They had there chance with me, and they blew it. I loved their service, was loyal to it, and was rewarded with a poor product in the end.
Then something happened last year. That was when I found myself on site at a live Twitter chat. I was using Hootsuite and several of my colleuges were wondering how I was keeping up in real time? I wasn’t. One of them asked why I didn’t use Tweetdeck, and I explained the story to them. They then told me that since Tweetdeck was aquired by Twitter that it was functioning better than it ever had! I didn’t believe them. How could it be? I gave it every chance in the world. There was NO WAY I could be wrong about this. I would see things written about it from time to time, but wouldn’t pay any attention. I had already made up my mind about them.
Finally I took a step back and tried to be objective. I went to the web browser, typed in my old login info, and vióla, it rocked! This is a true case of switchers remourse. The product I loved, and then hated, was now back on top. What was I to do? Well, I didn’t send Hootsuite packing. The facts were that now I had a few networks of people I worked with that were using the platform, so I couldn’t totally get rid of it, but that’s okay. Now I use both platforms everyday, for different purposes, obviously. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long to give it a try again, because in some ways it makes my life so much easier.
The moral of this story is to never be afraid to change your mind or viewpoint about something. No one ever wants to be wrong. We spend the majority of each day trying to calculate correctly, hoping we make good decisions, but the fact show that we don’t always. Sometimes, admitting you were wrong, or changing your mind is the most enlightening thing you can do.
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